9/11/18 - Special Guest: Brave Like Us

This week on DC Music Rocks, Laura and Jay from Brave Like Us, stop by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Black Masala, Louisa Hall, and Cat Janice.

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Brave Like Us

Brave Like Us Bio/Links:

Highly sought after bassist, Jay Brazao is a self taught musician and songwriter. He writes entrancing melodies on the bass as if it were an extension of himself. Former member of Rome In A Day, Jay is a Massachusetts native now residing in the DC area.

Singer/songwriter Laura Farrell has a unique and powerful voice. Her vocals have been compared to Sarah McLachlan and Joan Jett. She is also classically trained on the violin. Laura is a former member of The Yard Slippers, Big Honey, and Rave Parade.

Www.bravelikeusmusic.com

Facebook.com/bravelikeusmusic

Instagram-BraveLikeUs

Twitter-@bebravelikeus

Snapchat-brave Like Us 

YouTube- Brave Like Us

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Trains and Moonlight Destinies, by Black Masala (Funk, Brass)

  2. Gravity, by Brave Like Us (Indie, Folk)

  3. Missed Connections (feat. Mark WIlliams), by Louisa Hall (Folk, Singer-Songwriter)

  4. ***Wild, by Cat Janice (Rock, Alternative)

 ***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

It's the fall fund drive at WERA 96.7 FM and Arlington Independent Media. This is the station which the live version of our show is broadcast on! You tax deductible donation goes to support community radio which in turn supports our community!

Could you skip a Starbucks this week and send that money to the station instead? Do a picnic date instead of a dinner out and share that amount? Has the station touched your life in a positive way? Click below or visit the station's website at wera.fm to send your support!

https://www.facebook.com/dcmusicrocks/posts/2224949371083256

https://www.wera.fm/


NEW RELEASES

Music  (Links to their profile with their iTunes/Spotify Links to listen and Website/Facebook for more info)

  • Clutch - Book of Bad Decisions
     (Full 15 Song Hard Rock Album - RIYL Led Zeppelin, Faith No More, Black Sabbath.  Album is finally hear, we’ve been sharing the singles that have come out from this album!)

  • Eli Lev - Chasing Daylight
     (Indie/Folk Single - RIYL Mumford and Sons, Ben Harper, The Lumineers

  • Blue Skies and Death - Hey Wait
     (Electro Pop Single - RIYL CHVRCHES, St. Lucia, Savior Adore, A Silent Film)

Videos

Playlists


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows! Check details before you go in case something changed/canceled!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Sep 14 - Fri
Allthebestkids @ Dupont Underground in Washington, DC
  (Hip Hop, EP Release Show, in a cool location! - POSTPONED?
Justin Jones @ Gypsy Sally's in Washington, DC
  (Rock, well known and established, tours extensively, so local shows like this are special)

Sep 15 - Sat
Wanted Man @ Black Cat in Washington, DC
  (Classic Rock/Blues Vibe, High Energy group, last time we saw them the bassist was our favorite to watch!)
Black Alley @ Amps & Ales in Hanover, MD
  (Hip Hop and Rock Fusion, we've never heard of this venue but the band is always a blast to watch, so if you're looking for an adventure to somewhere new, we'd give it a go!

Sep 16 - Sun
Laura Tsaggaris & Nardo Lilly @ Pearl Street Warehouse in Washington, DC
  (Folk/Pop Vibe, great acts at a great venue, betting this show will be fun!)
Owen Danoff @ The Soundry in Columbia, MD
  (Pop/Rock Vibe, If you're up for a field trip up to Md, it's a newish venue, betting this would be worthwhile!)

Sep 20 - Thu
The Radiographers @ MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, MD
  (Been a fan of these guys, and it's an intimate venue, worth a short drive/metro ride up we're betting)


Patreon

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HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **M4TR**


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

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9/4/18 - Blues Day ft Special Guests: Jazs, Linwood, and Willie from Blues Festivals around DC

This week on DC Music Rocks, Jazs, Linwood Taylor, and Willie Leeble from various blues festivals and organizations around DC, stop by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Jonny Grave, Memphis Gold, Sol Roots, Lori Williams, and Patty Reese.

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Jazs, Linwood, and Willie Bio/Links:

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The DC Blues Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization Celebrating the Blues since 1987 in the Nation's Capital - MD, DC, VA through outreach and education.
Become a DCBS Member at www.dcblues.org

Jazs, a member of the DC Blues Society (DCBS) and promoter of the Blues since 2004.  Co-Founder of the Silver Spring Blues Festival celebrating its 10th year. Representing the Greenbelt Free Blues Festival held September 22 and the November 10 College Park Free Blues Festival, an IBC Fundraiser to send the DCBS Battle of the Band winners to the ‘American Idol of the Blues’ in Memphis, TN.  Visit the DC Blues Society Booth at both events.

Washington, DC, Bluesman Linwood Lee Taylor has led his own band for more than a decade. Winner of 3 WAMMIES for “Best Blues Band”, the band appeals to a broad audience and has opened for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Diva Etta James, and the Legendary Johnny Winter.  Linwood has traveled around the world with Joe Louis Walker and can be seen jamming the Blues at Winchester Church Blues Mondays and around the DMV and at GBF on 9/22/18.
http://linwoodtaylor.com/Home.html

Willie Leeble represents Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, oversees AEBF Weekly Jams and has produced and MCd the Silver Spring Blues Festival Acoustic Stage  and College Park Blues Festival 10th Anniversary events. AEBF is sponsoring the Greenbelt Blues Festival Ukelelee / Harmonica / Guitar Workshops and is getting ready to celebrate the 20th Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation Anniversary!  The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation was created to preserve Archie Edwards memory and to carry on the work he began at his barbershop in Northeast Washington, DC, to teach people about Piedmont blues and keep the tradition alive.
http://www.acousticblues.com/

 

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NEW RELEASES

Music

  • Black Alley - Dirty Laundry
     (11 Song Full Hip Hop/Rock Album - RIYL Arctic Monkeys x Paramore x Erykah Badu)

  • Melodime - Roll-1
     (4 Song Rock/Country EP - RIYL Zac Brown Band, NEEDTOBREATHE, Tom Petty)

  • Den-Mate - Charlotte
     (Indie Single - RIYL Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Portishead

Videos

Black Alley - Be Me
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QapeXW08SFU

Playlists


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Sep 7 - Fri
Distant Creatures @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC
  (Indie - These guys don't play out too much, so cool opportunity, opening for a touring act)
Throwing PlatesHayley Fahey Music, & Rorie @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA
  (Indie/Folk/Pop - Show we're most excited about this week, all these guys are heavy hitters, Rorie was last week's guest)

Sep 8 - Sat
Black Alley @ City Winery in Washington, DC
  (Hood Rock - New Album out, these guys can jam!  New-ish and different venue too!)

Sep 9 - Sun
Owen Danoff @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA
  (Rock - Past Competitor on The Voice, Cool Vibe)

Sep 11 - Tue
Makeup Girl @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC
  (Psych/Pop Rock - Fun band, cool venue)

Sep 12 - Wed
Be Steadwell @ Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC
  (Pop - Great artist, well known in the LGBTQ community, we're big fans, this will be a fun venue and likely intimate show)

Sep 13 - Thu
Odetta Hartman @ U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC
  (Indie/Folk - She's been out touring hard after her new release, finally back for a local show!) 


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **M4TR**


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8/28/18 - Special Guest: Rorie

This week on DC Music Rocks, Rorie, a singer-songwriter, known for "crafting music that tells stories of both heartache and hope," stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Loi Loi, Throwing Plates, Emily Henry, and Hayley Fahey.

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Rorie Bio/Links:

Rorie is a singer-songwriter, crafting music that tells stories of both heartache and hope. Known for poetic lyrics and ambient vocals, Rorie and her band create a captivating live music experience that is uplifting and emotional. Her newest EP, ‘Dawn’ is a lush combination of electro and cinematic pop, while still maintaining her signature, singer-songwriter sound.

 

'Dawn' charted in the iTunes singer-songwriter top 10, and her debut EP, ‘Singing & Silence,’ was featured in the iTunes Singer-Songwriter New Artist Spotlight. Prior to this, Rorie released a single, “Restore,” which was funded by 98 Kickstarter backers. The song was inspired by her time working for an anti-human trafficking non-profit, and has resulted in bi-annual donations to organizations that are doing this important work.

website: https://www.roriemusic.com/

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/roriemusic

instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roriemusic/

twitter: https://twitter.com/roriemusic

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/roriemusicofficial

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Responsabilidades, by Loi Loi (Indie, Synth Pop)

  2. Gold, by Rorie (Pop, Singer-Songwriter)

  3. For You (I'll Take the Rain), by Throwing Plates (Rock, Pop)

  4. Hands, by Emily Henry (Pop, Acoustic)

  5. Out There, by Hayley Fahey (Rock, Indie Rock)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Locally Grown DC - Full season 4 complete!  If you like videos, check out this season of local artists.  Shout out to Chip Py for having bands in his “Yarden” to perform.
http://www.locallygrowndc.com/

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930 Club Festival Updates and Results:

  1. Check out instagram, some great photos on the hashtag specifically:  https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/dcmusicrocks930

  2. Thanks to Parklife DC for the festival writeup and photos, if you haven’t seen it already, it’s linked here:
    https://parklifedc.com/2018/08/24/snapshots-dc-music-rocks-festival-930-club-8-18-18/

  3. Tickets Sold In Advance Follow-up - We surveyed the 500 people who voted for the singer songwriters for this years festival on how far in advance do people generally buy their tickets to local shows.  Stephen Donoway asked if we’d share what actually happened with our festival, below are the numbers and here are our takeaways:

    1. To Artists/Show Organizers:

      1. If you’re expecting a crowd, make sure doors are at least 30 mins prior to show start to allow people to wait in line to purchase tickets and still get in in-time.  

    2. To Fans:

      1. If you know you’re going to go - buy your tickets in advance if possible, so you can avoid the line when you arrive and have to wait to purchase tickets.

      2. At many venues, you can avoid the online ticket fees by swinging by the ticket office/venue itself in person, if you’re ever in that area.

      3. If you’re buying tickets when you arrive, remember to plan extra time to stand in line to purchase tickets.

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DCMR Data Buy Tickets

Do you have any other takeaways on this?  What do you think?


NEW RELEASES

Music

  • Clutch - In Walks Barbarella
     (Hard Rock Single - with horns and a funky vibe - RIYL Led Zeppelin, Faith No More, Motorhead, Black Sabbath)

  • Marielle Kraft - Test Drive
     (Pop Single - RIYL Shawn Mendes, Colbie Caillat, Taylor Swift, Ben Rector)

  • Leo & Cygnus - Machina
     (Indie Single - RIYL Fleetwood Mac)

Videos

Playlists


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Aug 31 - Fri
The Radiographers @ Gypsy Sally's in Washington, DC (rock)
Swampcandy @ The Loft at The Hamilton in Washington, DC (folk)
Sub-Radio @ JamBrew in Herndon, VA (Pop/rock)

Sep 3 - Mon (Labor Day)
29th Annual DC Free Blues Festival - 2pm-7pm
Wunder Garten - NOMA Metro - new Location!
Memphis Gold with Harmonica Legend Charlie Sayles, Patty Reese, Fast Eddie & The Slowpokes, Rogue Johnsen Trio

Sep 4 - Tue
Bottled up @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC

Sep 6 - Thu
Near Northeast @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC
The Meer & Tired All The Time @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda, MD


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **M4TR**


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

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8/21/18 - Special Guest: Bruno Nasta, Coordinator of Jazz in the Sculpture Garden

Have you ever been to Jazz In The Garden?  This week on DC Music Rocks, Bruno Nasta, coordinator of Jazz in the Sculpture Garden, at the National Gallery of Art in DC, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Liam B. Smith, Black Masala, David Chappell, Tony Craddock, Jr., and Frass Green.

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Bruno Nasta Bio/Links:

Bruno Nasta graduated from James Madison University with a Music Performance degree.  He was a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Richmond Chamber Players in residence at the Virginia Museum of fine Arts.

Celebrities that top the extensive list he has performed with and/or convened orchestras for; include The Three Tenors, Three Irish Tenors, 3 Mo Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, The Who, The Moody Blues, Yes, Gloria Estafan, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Lyle Lovett, Denyce Graves, Josh Groban, John Denver, Paul Potts and Liza Minnelli. 

Mr. Nasta has recorded for the Intersound Label as Concertmaster of The Taliesan Orchestra. These recordings received a #1 position on Billboard’s record ratings for three weeks in the summer of 1997 for the classical crossover category as well as several recordings that have been nominated for Grammy’s in 1998.

 He is a featured soloist on Eva Cassidy’s multi-platinum selling recordings “Imagine” and "American Tune".

His improvisatory violin solos are featured on Kathy Fink/Marcy Marxter’s Grammy winning recording “Bon Apetite” and in 2003, received a “wammie” award by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) for best classical artist.

Currently, Bruno maintains a vigorous freelancing schedule, active in the recording, Opera and Theater circuits of Greater Washington DC and Baltimore areas.

In 1998, he was appointed as Personnel Director of the National Gallery Orchestra and in 2002, Assistant to the National Gallery of Art’s music department.  Mr. Nasta’s personal recordings and the recordings of the NGO’s live Sunday night performances have been featured nationally on NPR’s Performance Today, NPR News and on various musical presentations of Washington’s local public radio broadcast station, WETA.

In the spring of 2008 he was appointed the program coordinator for the Friday evening “Jazz in the Garden” concert series at the National Gallery

WWW.BrunoNastaStudio.com

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Music Submissions (Electronic Press Kits) for Jazz in the Garden can be sent to b-nasta@nga.gov.

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Keep Your Head Up, by Liam B. Smith (Rock)

  2. Devil Sunset, by Black Masala (Funk, Brass)

  3. ***She's as Good as It Gets, by Dave Chappell (Blues, Blues Rock)

  4. Humidity, by Tony Craddock, Jr. (Jazz, Gospel)

  5. ***Miss You (Waaah), by Frass Green (Indie, Nasal Pop)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE DC MUSIC ROCKS FESTIVAL THIS PAST SATURDAY was...wow!  Thank you so much for all the love, tags, shares, from everyone!  We feel like it really was a magical night!  Thanks Current Newspapers for the the incredible coverage of the event.  Great photos too!  Read all about it here:
https://currentnewspapers.com/musicians-shine-dc-music-rocks-festival/

DID YOU KNOW...There’s free outdoor concerts at lunchtime downtown right outside the federal triangle metro stop in the massive courtyard at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (near metro center) every weekday, now through Sept 28!  
Many of the acts are cover bands, but shoutout to the local original artists performing this year which we follow and have covered on the show.
We hope you pick a day, bring your lunch, and go catch a free show!
https://itcdc.com/
7/31:  Adwela & The Uprising
8/6: Sub-Radio
8/9: FeelFree
9/13: Véronneau

ITCDC Free Show Schedule

NEW RELEASES

Music

  • Empresarios - Ten Cuidado
     (Latin-Hip Hop Single - RIYL Pitbull, Daddy Yankee)

  • Chuck Brown - By Special Request The Very Best Of Chuck Brown
     (Go-go 26 Song Full Album - RIYL Go-go or Funk)

  • Tired All The Time - Little Pieces
     (Pop-Rock Single - RIYL Alkaline Trio, The Sidekicks, Protomartyr)

  • Colourtheory - Selfish Mistakes
     (Pop Punk 3 Song EP - RIYL Alkaline Trio, Foo Fighters)

  • Bottled Up - BU2
     (7 Song Punk Album - RIYL Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Shannon and the Clams)

Videos

Playlists

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Aug 24 - Fri
Jonny Grave @ The Loft at The Hamilton in Washington, DC (Blues)

Aug 25 - Sat
Black Alley @ DIRTY MARTINI in Washington, DC (hip hop, R&B, and rock, called 'Hood Rock'
Handsome Hound @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC (folk/indie)
Free Lobster Buffet @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda, MD (ska/horn-band)

Aug 26 - Sun
Eli Lev & Marielle Kraft @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC (singer-songwriter/indie/pop)
Sol Roots @ JoJo Bar in Washington, DC (Jazz/Blues/Funk)

Aug 30 - Thu
Jackie and the Treehorns @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda, MD


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **M4TR**


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

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8/14/18 - Special Guest: Pebble To Pearl

This week on DC Music Rocks, Pebble To Pearl, a band with a unique blend of funk, rock, fierce and powerful blues, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Justin Shapiro, Feedel Band, Maryjo Mattea, and StereoRiots.

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Pebble To Pearl Bio/Links:

Pebble to Pearl (P2P) creates a unique blend of funk, rock, fierce and powerful blues fused and delivered with soulful grooves and incomparable vocals. They display a tapestry of sound that will truly captivate, mesmerize, and send chills down your spine, while undeniably keeping you entertained and dancing. P2P is road bound, touring up and down the East Coast to venues like the House of Blues in Orlando to the Canal Room in NYC.

They have no boundaries with visible influences from legends like Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, and Chaka Khan, to the new generation powerhouses ranging from Beyonce and Rihanna, to Joss Stone and Lenny Kravitz. Their self-entitled EP, debuted in March 2018, holds no bounds in blending a combination of funky blues rock with hard hitting and flawless vocals. If you haven't seen them in action, you are missing a key note in the chromatic scale. They throw in everything but the kitchen sink into their show and leave a lasting impression and the need for wanting more.

www.pebbletopearl.com

https://www.facebook.com/PebbletoPearl/

https://twitter.com/PebbleToPearl

https://www.youtube.com/user/PebbleToPearl

https://soundcloud.com/pebbletopearl

https://www.instagram.com/pebbletopearl/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/pebble-to-pearl/640858231

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Lost In Time, by Justin Shapiro (Rock, Folk Rock)

  2. Better Than Nuthin', by Pebble To Pearl (R&B, Funk)

  3. ***Meskerem, by Feedel (Jazz, Ethio-Jazz)

  4. Meaning of Life, by Maryjo Mattea (Pop, Pop Funk)

  5. Ghost Machines, by StereoRiots (Indie, Hard Rock)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

2 BIG GROUPS OF THANK YOUS!

1)  Thanks to the amazing sponsors who have helps in so many ways to make the DC Music Rocks Festival grow to become the epic event it is!  Big thank you to:

2) Thanks to the below which had Brian on to talk about the festival.  The interviews were fun and some were quite extensive, going WAY beyond just the Festival!  


NEW RELEASES

Music

  • Odetta Hartman - Old Rockhounds Never Die
     (15 Song Folk/Indie Full Album - RIYL Beck, Patti Smith, Bjork)

  • HyeTension - Talk In Tongues
     (6 song Hard Rock EP - RIYL (Queens of the Stone Age, The Strokes)

  • Jae Alexander - I’m Gone
     (Hip Hop Single - RIYL T-Pain, Usher)

Videos

 

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Aug 17 - Fri
Lauren Calve & Stranger In The Alps @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC (Folk/Indie)
Pressing Strings & The Duskwhales @ The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD (Folk and Classic Rock)
Dr Robinson's Fiasco & FuzzQueen @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA (Indie Rock)
The Internal Frontier @ Union Stage in Washington, DC (Pop Rock)

Aug 18 - Sat
THE DC MUSIC ROCKS FESTIVAL @ 9:30 Club in Washington DC (Indie, Folks, Rock, Blues, Funk, Hip Hop, Hard Rock, something for everyone from 7 different acts!)

Aug 19 - Sun
Crys MatthewsJonny Grave & Shamans of Sound @ Pearl Street Warehouse in Washington, DC
  (Folk, Blues, Funk, Indie)

Aug 22 - Wed
Hungry on Monday @ The Hamilton in Washington, DC  (Rock)

Aug 23 - Thu
Elizabeth II @ Black Cat in Washington, DC (Rock)


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **M4TR**


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

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8/7/18 - Special Guest: allthebestkids

This week on DC Music Rocks, allthebestkids, a Hip-Pop Psych-Rock band from Washington, D.C., stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by AkinG Kalld Pedro, Shamans of Sound, Davy Fresh, and The JoGo Project.

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Allthebestkids Bio/Links:

Allthebestkids come from the future with one purpose: To spread the highest vibration of music to the world. Blending hip hop, pop, psych rock & soul, Allthebestkids speak directly to the heart, bypassing the mind, and reminding us of something forgotten long ago; We are All the Best Kids

 

www.allthebestkids.com

www.facebook.com/allthebestkids

twitter @allthebestkids_

Insta @allthebestkids

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***So Selfish, by AkinG Kalld Pedro feat. Serenity Karima (Hip Hop, Jazz Fusion)

  2. Falling Out Of The Mind, by allthebestkids (Hip Hop, Alt-Hip Hop)

  3. ***Shamans of Sound, by Shamans of Sound feat. Navisa Hunter (Reggae, Dub)

  4. ***Never Wonna Fall, by Davy Fresh (Hip Hop, R&B)

  5. DC's Been Good To Me, by The JoGo Project (Jazz, Go-Go)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

->Follow The Show's Spotify Playlist<-


ANNOUNCEMENTS

How far in advance of a local show do you normally buy your tickets?  That’s the question I required each of the 500 people who voted for the singer-songwriter to answer.  I was really intrigued by the results, and I’ll share them here. They were allowed to check more than one response, both of them will be on this episodes page on our website, simply click on the Allthebestkids episode and scroll down to the announcements section.  Couple of takeaways: roughly ⅓ said they would buy their tickets weeks in advance. About half said they would only buy their tickets days in advance. For a local show, this means presales aren’t really going to be high unless you make it really a special event of some kind, and if you do that, only half of those that attend will buy their tickets at the door.  FASCINATING! We intend to do more of this kind of surveying to get to know the scene as the opportunities present themselves, and we’ll continue to share!

Buy tickets in advance

THE FESTIVAL - Have you bought your tickets yet to our festival at the 9:30 Club on Aug 18th?  Hundreds of tickets have already been sold, they’re only $15, go ahead and buy your tickets right now.  We’re having a party and we want you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/197997380997173/


NEW RELEASES

Music

  • Lori Williams - Out Of The Box
      (Jazz 15 Song Full Album - RIYL Dianne Reeves, Anita Baker, Oleta Adams)

  • The Bottle Shop - Spring Shack
      (Rock 10 Song Full Album - RIYL CCR, The Beatles, Foo Fighters, Modest Mouse)

  • Melodime - Nights Out Here
      (Rock Single - RIYL Zac Brown Band, NEEDTOBREATHE, Tom Petty)

  • Odetta Hartman - You You
      (Indie Single - RIYL Beck, Karen Dalton, Sylvan Esso, Patti Smith, Bjork

  • Vice Years - Crowded Rooms.
      (Rock Single - RIYL Third Eye Blind, or Jimmy Eat World

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Aug 10 - Fri
Chris Cassaday @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC (Funky Folk Singer/Songwriter opening for an out of town touring act)
Sol Roots @ Lubber Run Amphitheater in Arlington, VA (Funk/Soul/Blues at a fun outdoor venue)
FuzzQueen @ Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington, DC (Powerful Original Rock, with other great bands on the bill!)
Jumpin' Jupiter @ Hill Country DC in Washington, DC (Feel Good Classic Rock/Bebop)

Aug 11 - Sat
Black Alley @ Nationals Park in Washington, DC ("Hood Rock")
Juxt & Wanted Man & oh he dead @ Gypsy Sally's in Washington, DC (Holy smokes, ALL THESE BANDS sharing one stage?!  This is big!)

Aug 13 - Mon
Luke James Shaffer @ Union Stage in Washington, DC (His EP Release, awesome indie music at a cool venue)

Aug 16 - Thu
Mark G. Meadows @ Dupont Underground in Washington, DC (Phenomenal Jazz, in a unique underground venue)
Bottled up @ Black Cat in Washington, DC (Let's see what kind of rock they unbottle)
Two Ton Twig @ Gypsy Sally's in Washington, DC (Bluegrass in Georgetown!)


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **M4TR (Abu Jibran)**


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

We're looking for local businesses to sponsor us!  Know One?  Would you introduce us to them?

7/31/18 - Special Guest: Black Dog Prowl

This week on DC Music Rocks, Black Dog Prowl, one of Washington, D.C.'s hardest hitting rock bands, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Tired All The Time, Curse Words, Caustic Casanova, and FuzzQueen.

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Black Dog Prowl Bio:

Black Dog Prowl

Black Dog Prowl is considered one of Washington, D.C.'s hardest hitting rock bands. The four-piece showcases original material ranging from the slow, down-tuned to a fast-paced kick in the teeth. If one insists on drawing a line to the familiar, BDP has drawn sonic comparisons to the likes of Soundgarden, Torche, and Nirvana.

The band has built their reputation on a powerful live show, playing and headlining notable DC area venues like Black Cat, Rock & Roll Hotel, Velvet Lounge, and The Fillmore Silver Spring, as well as touring internationally in Mexico and Chile; and sharing the stage with renowned acts like Steel Panther, Candlebox, The Answer, and The Parlor Mob. 

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Bone Dry, by Tired All The Time (Punk, Post-Punk)

  2. Vapor, by Black Dog Prowl (Hard Rock, Grunge)

  3. Escape From Promixa-B, by Curse Words (Punk, Punk Rock)

  4. The Space Needle, by Caustic Casanova (Hard Rock, Psychedelic Metal)

  5. Angry Angry, by FuzzQueen (Rock, Indie Rock)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

->Follow The Show's Spotify Playlist<-


ANNOUNCEMENTS

RESULTS FOR SINGER SONGWRITER AT 9:30 ON AUG 18:
Congratulations to Justin Shapiro and Maryjo Mattea who will be joining us on stage at the festival!  Thanks to the more than 500 people who voted! All four of these finalists are so good! We’re such huge fans of Crys Matthews and Abby Sevcik, We hope you’ll add them to your playlists, like their pages, and check them out at one of their shows!  

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Have you bought your tickets yet?  Hundreds of tickets have already been sold, they’re only $15, go ahead and buy your tickets right now.  We’re having a party and we want you there!
https://www.facebook.com/events/197997380997173/


NEW RELEASES

Music

  • NAH. - Vitamin D
    (Indie Single - RIYL Courtney Barnett, Tame Impala, Pond, Hospitality)

  • Young Summer - Save The World
    (Indie Single - RIYL Beach House, Grace Slick, if Lana Del Rey and Adele had a baby)

  • Clutch - Hot Bottom Feeder
    (Hard Rock Single - RIYL Led Zeppelin, Faith No More, Motorhead, Black Sabbath)

  • Colourtheory - Missin’ Ur Face
    (Hard Rock Single - RIYL Alkaline Trio and Foo Fighters)

 

Videos

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Aug 4 - Sat
Emily Henry @ MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, MD (Pop/Singer-Songwriter)
DuPont Brass @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC (Funk/Brass Band)

Aug 5 - Sun
Makeup Girl @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC (Rock/Pop)
Lori Williams @ City Winery in Washington DC (Jazz)
Better Homes & Unsullied @ Union Stage in Washington, DC (Rock/Hard Rock)

Aug 6 - Mon
Annie Stokes @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC (Folk)

Aug 9 - Thu
Karen Jonas @ Union Stage in Washington, DC (Country/Folk)


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **Music 4 The Revolution (Abu Jibran)**


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

We're looking for local businesses to sponsor us!  Know One?  Would you introduce us to them?

7/24/18 - Special Guest: Kid Brother

This week on DC Music Rocks, Kid Brother, an independent band from Leesburg in Northern VA, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Rachel Levitin, Dr Robinson's Fiasco, Milo and the Doldrums, and The Duskwhales.

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Kid Brother Bio:

Kid Brother

Kid Brother is an independent band from Northern Virginia, founded when the celestial space gods called upon Richard, Dylan, Lindsey, Sam, and Christian to go forth and create a band in the spring of the year of our lords, 2016. Focused on originality and genuine lyricism, Kid Brother fuses together elements of rock, indie, folk and blues to create a sound that truly is their own.

https://www.kidbrothermusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/kidbrother/

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Save Myself, by Rachel Levitin (Pop, Rock)

  2. Pastels, by Kid Brother (Indie Rock, Folk)

  3. ***Did You Find What You Want?, by Dr Robinson's Fiasco (Hard Rock, Alternative)

  4. Built For No One, by Milo in the Doldrums (Rock, Indie Rock)

  5. Fight Back by The Duskwhales (Indie, Gypsy)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

->Follow The Show's Spotify Playlist<-


ANNOUNCEMENTS

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SINGER-SONGWRITER TO PERFORM AT 9:30 CLUB WITH US ON AUG 18, NOW THROUGH SATURDAY 7/28!
Nominations came in, almost a thousand of them, we’ve tallied the results and have put up the ballot.  Votes accepted now through Saturday 7/28.
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/festival-vote

Have you bought your tickets yet?  Hundreds of tickets have already been sold, they’re only $15, go ahead and buy your tickets right now.  We’re having a party and we want you there!
https://www.facebook.com/events/197997380997173/


NEW RELEASES

Music

  • Prinze George - Mind Over
     Smooth Indie-Electro Single - RIYL Metric, Purity Ring, London Grammar

  • The Colonies - Bound To Be Something Good
     Classic Rock Vibe Single - RIYL The Strokes, The Black Keys, Hippocampus

  • Billy Winn - Dreamland I
     Electro Pop 5 Song EP - RIYL Icona Pop, Pet Shop Boys

  • Menage A Garage - More Human Than You
    5 Song Pop-Punk EP - RIYL Pixies, Green Day, They Might Be Giants

 

Videos

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Jul 27 - Fri
The Duskwhales (Indie/Rock) @ MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, MD
Two Ton Twig (Bluegrass/Folk) @ Pearl Street Warehouse in Washington, DC
Chris Cassaday & The Cassaday Concoction (Funk/Blues) @ Solly's in Washington, DC

Jul 28 - Sat
Virginia Creep (Hard Rock) @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC
Pressing Strings  (Folk) @ Hill Country DC in Washington, DC

Jul 29 - Sun
Caz Gardiner (Pop/Reggae) @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA

Jul 31 - Tue
Makeup Girl (Hard Rock) @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC
The Sea Life (Rock) @ Union Stage in Washington, DC

Aug 1 - Wed
Eli LevChris Cassaday & Justin Trawick (Folk/Bluegrass @ Jammin Java Presents: Former Best Friends in Vienna, VA


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **Music 4 The Revolution (Abu Jibran)**


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

We're looking for local businesses to sponsor us!  Know One?  Would you introduce us to them?

7/17/18 - Special Guest: Keith Berquist

This week on DC Music Rocks, Keith Berquist, marketer for dc music venues, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.

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Keith Berquist Bio:

Keith Berquist

Keith originally hails from the San Francisco bay area, where he interned at local concert promoters Another Planet Entertainment and Goldenvoice, working in marketing and ticketing respectively. In college, he interned at the Paradigm Agency’s Nashville office and built Vanderbilt University’s first ever campus recording studio. After graduation, Keith accepted a job as the Marketing Assistant for AEG Live – The Messina Group in Nashville, where he spent the next two years. He has spent the last two and a half years in Washington, DC working as the marketing manager for The Hamilton Live, where he handles marketing, publicity, and promotions for the venue and its shows.

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Keith Berquist

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Never Act Your Age, by M4TR (Rock, Hard Rock)

  2. Redlights, by allthebestkids (Hip Hop, Alt Hip Hop)

  3. Systematic Panic, by Ménage À Garage (Punk, Garage Rock)

  4. ***Right On, by Heartmeat (Indie, Folk)

  5. ***War, by Weird Babies (Punk, Punk Rock)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

--IT WAS OUR 2ND BIRTHDAY ON JULY 5TH!  In the last year we hit more than 9,000 followers, hosted our first 9:30 Club Festival, and had big name guests such as Ian MacKaye from Fugazi/Dischord Records.  None of this would have been possible without you guys listening! Thank you for following the show and allowing DC Music to be a part of your life! More to come, don’t go anywhere, we’re just getting started!

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LATEST 9:30 CLUB FESTIVAL (8/18) NEWS:

--THE SINGER-SONGWRITER NOMINATIONS ARE IN!
As of Mon evening that one facebook post had 937 comments, 122 shares and it reached more than 20,000 people!  WHOA! We’re tallying the results and should have the ballot out next week, so stay tuned! We love that you’re so involved in this!  
Nomination Post we’re referencing:  https://www.facebook.com/dcmusicrocks/photos/a.1765485153696349.1073741828.1758168324428032/2163360177242176/?type=3

--TWO MORE SPONSORS HAVE SIGNED ON!  Huge thanks to these guys for being involved in the local music scene and for helping spread the word about our festival!

  1. Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center - Celebrating its 60th Anniversary as DC’s only full line musical instrument and equipment store. Started in 1958 and still family owned and operated, “Chuck’s” strives to be more than a store, but a resource for the DC music community.  http://www.chucklevins.com/

  2. District Karaoke - DC's only social, team-based karaoke league! You can form a team, join a team, or register as a free agent. You can also check out any of our open karaoke nights to learn more.  http://www.districtkaraoke.com

Have you bought your tickets yet?  Hundreds of tickets have already been sold, they’re only $15, go ahead and buy your tickets right now.  We’re having a party and we want you there!
https://www.facebook.com/events/197997380997173/


NEW RELEASES

Music

  • Feelfree - Define The Free
     (13 Song Reggae Album - RIYL SOJA, Citizen Cope, Slightly Stoopid)

  • Luke James Shaffer - Luke James Shaffer, Vol. 1
     (6 Song Indie EP - RIYL The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Zac Brown Band)

  • Milo in the Doldrums - Built For No One
     (4 Song Rock EP - RIYL Radiohead, Pavement, Nirvana)

  • The Duskwhales - Fight Back
     (Indie Single - RIYL The Beatles, The Doors, The Killers)

 

Videos

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Jul 20 - Fri
Den-Mate & Two Inch Astronaut @ Black Cat in Washington, DC
19th Street Band @ The Hamilton Loft in Washington, DC

Jul 21 - Sat
Sub-Radio @ Occoquan Music on the Mill in Occoquan, VA
Randy Thompson Band @ Pearl Street Warehouse in Washington, DC
Edjacated Phools @ Gypsy Sally's in Washington, DC

Jul 23 - Mon
Caustic Casanova @ Atlas Brewing Works in Washington, DC

Jul 25 - Wed
Juliet Lloyd @ Lakefront Concert Series in Columbia, MD
The Sidleys @ Willow Garden Summer Concert Series in Bethesda, MD
Odetta Hartman @ Black Cat in Washington, DC

Jul 26 - Thu
Better Homes & In Your Memory @ MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, MD
The Grey A & Justin Trawick @ Union Stage in Washington, DC
Sara Curtin @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **Music 4 The Revolution (Abu Jibran)**


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

We're looking for local businesses to sponsor us!  Know One?  Would you introduce us to them?

7/10/18 - Special Guest: Eli Lev

Thanks to Eli Lev, the talented singer-songwriter from Silver Spring, for hanging out with us in the studio this week! 

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Popsicle Grrlz, by Coral Benders (Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock)

  2. Making Space, by Eli Lev (Indie, Singer-Songwriter)

  3. ***How Far You Feel, by Marielle Kraft (Pop, Singer-Songwriter Pop)

  4. Could've Been Me (Live), by Chris Cassaday (Folk, Folk Rock)

  5. Superhero, by Emma G (Pop, Pop Rock)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

->Follow The Show's Spotify Playlist<-

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

9:30 CLUB - YOU NOMINATE THE SOLO SINGER-SONGWRITERS WE’LL FEATURE AT OUR FESTIVAL on AUG 18!
Nomination Period through Saturday July 14.  See Facebook post here for details, you can nominate up to 3!
https://www.facebook.com/dcmusicrocks/photos/a.1765485153696349.1073741828.1758168324428032/2163360177242176/?type=3

P.S.  Have you bought your tickets yet?  Hundreds of tickets have already been sold, they’re only $15, go ahead and buy your tickets right now.  We’re having a party and we want you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/197997380997173/

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DC IS TRYING TO LIMIT/STOP STREET PERFORMING and busking with speakers/amplifiers on the street.  Sharing the details if you haven’t already heard about this. If you’ve been around Chinatown and the Capital One Arena, this is a good example of what they’re targeting, but it will affect all street performers all over the city.  Please see below on how you can write to your council members to voice your disapproval of this proposed rule. This is courtesy of @listenlocalfirstdc see their page for more details!

“A MORE CONCISE VERSION OF THE TEXT. PLEASE SHARE - and ask folks to copy and paste all of the text and email and email their own testimony.

COPY & PASTE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESSES
cow@dccouncil.us, muriel.bowser@dc.gov, pmendelson@dccouncil.us, kmcduffie@dccouncil.us, abonds@dccouncil.us, MCheh@dccouncil.us, jevans@dccouncil.us, Bnadeau@dccouncil.us, btodd@dccouncil.us, callen@dccouncil.us, esilverman@dccouncil.us, rcaruthers@dccouncil.us, vgray@dccouncil.us, twhite@dccouncil.us , dgrosso@dccouncil.us, shawthorne@dccouncil.us, ikang@dccouncil.us, dmeadows@dccouncil.us, bmitchell@dccouncil.us, dbassett@dccouncil.us, rwerner@dccouncil.us, jwillingham@dccouncil.us, pjohnson@dccouncil.us, tjackson@dccouncil.us, mshaffer@dccouncil.us, mngwenya@dccouncil.us, mblackwell@dccouncil.us, mgeraldo@dccouncil.us, dturner@dccouncil.us, nopkins@dccouncil.us, CLaskowski@dccouncil.us, jmattison@dccouncil.us, TNorflis@dccouncil.us, lmartinez@dccouncil.us, tprice@dccouncil.us, karl.racine@dc.gov, james.pittman@dc.gov,

COPY & PASTE SUBJECT - OPPOSITION to Proposed Amplified Noise Amendment Act of 2018

COPY & PASTE IN THE BODY OF THE TEXT
Dear Committee of the Whole,

I , YOUR NAME , Member of Band or Org X or Resident or Ward Y , submit this testimony in OPPOSITION of B22 - 0839 - Proposed Amplified Noise Amendment Act of 2018. I oppose this proposed legislation because:

It will harm the overall cultural fabric of the city that includes a long history of street performance, much of which has regularly used amplified instruments or other electronic equipment.

It is overly punitive. Especially given the racial, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity of DC street performers, the threat of a $300 fine and 10 days in jail is absurd on its face.

It does not include any mechanisms to ensure fair enforcement and, therefore, presents the very real probability of discriminatory enforcement.

It is over-broad and can be used to prevent not only amplified sound but also non-amplified sound, again making the issue of discretionary enforcement particularly problematic.
It is not based on any available data or testing showing any material impact of street performances on the quality of life of DC residents and businesses, subjecting it to the criticism that it is arbitrary and capricious.

There is a current objective standard for measuring sound disturbances that requires a decibel reader and the council should focus on better implementing that standard. The city should adopt the Agent of Change Principle which would require new residential development in music and entertainment districts to absorb all of the added cost of extra sound insulation to preserve the cultural sustainability of these outdoor entertainment zones.

I urge all members of the council to VOTE NO on the Emergency Legislation and schedule an additional series of hearings and meetings where stakeholders, including residents, business, and the music community, are properly notified and represented. It is your obligation as representatives to ensure that the District's laws achieve the goal of balancing the needs of these stakeholders, and I encourage you to abandon the current effort which fails to do so.

Thank you for your time,

YOUR NAME”


NEW RELEASES

MUSIC

  • Odetta Hartman - Widow’s Peak
     (Folk/Indie Single, RIYL Beck, Karen Dalton, Sylvan Esso, Patti Smith, Bjork)

  • Rachel Levitin - Save Myself
     (Pop Single, RIYL Shania Twain, Meredith Brooks, Alanis Morissette)

  • The Bottle Shop - It Hurts
     (Rock Single, RIYL CCR, The Beatles, Foo Fighters, Modest Mouse)

VIDEO

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
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THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Jul 13 - Friday
Kid BrotherMILO in the Doldrums, & The Duskwhales @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA  (Indie, Rock)
Skribe & Swampcandy @ The Nextival 2018 @ Anne Arundal County Fairgrounds in Crownsville, MD   (Folk, Indie)

Jul 14 - Sat
Bumper JacksonsEli Lev & Justin Trawick and The Common Good @ 9:30 Club in Washington, DC  (Folk, Country, Bluegrass)
Emily Henry @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC  (Pop, Folk Pop, Singer-songwriter)

Jul 15 - Sun
Tony Craddock, Jr. @ Jazz at Meade Concert Series in Alexandria, VA (Jazz, Upbeat Sax Jazz)

Jul 16 - Mon
Nuex @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA (Pop, Electro, Hip Hop)

Jul 18 - Wed
Spirit Plots & The Beanstalk Library @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC (Rock)

 


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HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
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Eli Lev

Interview Video - Bio - Links

Eli Lev Bio:

Eli Lev

At the center of the most potent folk music is a shamanistic vessel that’s traveled miles in the outside world and miles within his or her emotional interior to emerge with music that instantly breaks down walls and opens hearts. Folk singer-songwriter Eli Lev beholds the gifts of such journeys. He’s a searcher, a sage, and a storyteller with a message of unity in song. He pens hymns for everyday enlightenment—songs that resonate because they’re heartfelt, earthy, and they offer wisdom culled from self-discovery. 

Eli performs as a solo artist and with his new band, The Fortunes Found. Their infectious musicality, commitment to deep grooves, and soulful charisma foster an immersive experience for the audience that moves bodies and hearts. With the full-band-sound of Fortunes Found, his live shows are becoming one of the hottest ticket on the local DMV music scene.

“When I’ve been on the road, and I can’t speak the language, I’ve always been able to play a song and suddenly everyone’s singing and dancing. There’s a connection there, and, in that instant, there is a community,” marvels the Washington, D.C.-based artist.

Links:

linktr.ee/elilevmusic 

Eli Lev
Eli Lev

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

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7/3/18 - All Music Episode

We have so many artists we've never shared with you before that we took a week without a guest so we could play more music!  We hope you enjoy and Happy 4th of July DC!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***No Pressure by The Bottle Shop (Rock/Americana)

  2. ***Crank It Up (Long Live Rock n' Roll) by Lindsey Buckingham Palace (Hard Rock/Classic Rock)

  3. Last First Kiss by Luke James Shaffer (Indie/Folk)

  4. ***Fade by The Colonies (Rock/Indie Rock)

  5. ***Spit by Color School (Pop/Power Pop)

  6. ***Rewind by StereoRiots (Rock/Hard Rock)

  7. ***Shutdown by Wolves of the Dry Ravine (Rock/Punk Rock)

  8. ***If You Should by The Rememberables (Indie/Fuzz Pop)

  9. ***Small, Blue, and Deceased by Sugar John (Hard Rock/Psychedelic Rock)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

FUN OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Looking for outdoor activities?  Date ideas? Family outings? Have you checked out some of the summer concert series around which feature quite a few local musicians from the DC area?  These take place in parks outdoors:
-the Fort Reno summer concert series in DC http://www.fortreno.com/, or
-The Lubber Run Amphitheater summer concert series in Arlington, hosted by Arlington Arts - https://arts.arlingtonva.us/lubber-run/

STORY THAT WARMS OUR HEART
Last week we received the following tweet from Eric Falquero:
“First show I've gone to specifically because of what I heard on @dcmusicrocks: @TheSplitSeconds at @BlackCatDC. So worth it, so good! 🤘Give 'em a listen.”
We love hearing stuff like this, glad you enjoyed it Eric!

LATEST NEWS - DC Music Rocks Festival at 9:30 Club on Aug 18:
Just 1 question this week, have you bought your tickets yet?  What most people often do is wait until closer to the show or on the day of, but in this case, hundreds or tickets have already been sold, so I hope you’ll go ahead and buy your tickets today!  They’re only $15! We’re having a party and we want you there!
https://www.facebook.com/events/197997380997173/


NEW RELEASES

MUSIC

  • Dumi Right - Doing It The Right Way
     (14 Song HipHop LP - RIYL Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Outkast, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar)

  • Beau Young Prince - Kill Moe
     (Hip Hop Single - RIYL Andre 3000)

  • Color Palette - Since U Been Gone
     (Indie Single - RIYL Cover Song interpretations of Female Pop Stars)

  • Clones of Clones - All the Things We Dreamed
     (11 Song Rock Album - RIYL Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons)

  • Melodime - Song of the Summer
     (Rock Single - RIYL Zac Brown Band, NEEDTOBREATHE, Tom Petty)

  • Edjacated Phools - Alive and Well
     (Reggae Single - Sublime, Dirty Heads, Rebelution, O.A.R., SOJA)

 

VIDEO


Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
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Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
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THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the details on the below shows AND the full list of your options!  We hope you go see a show!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Jul 6 - Fri
Annie Stokes @ Songbyrd Music House in DC
  (Indie - RIYL Alison Krauss, Jewel, Miranda Lambert)
Babbling April & Distant Creatures @ DC9 Nightclub in DC
  (Indie - RIYL Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Pale Saints)

Jul 7 - Sat
FeelFree "Define the Free" Album Release Show @ Gypsy Sally's near Georgetown in DC
  (Reggae - RIYL SOJA, Citizen Cope, Slightly Stoopid, Steely Dan)
Lauren Calve @ Pearl Street Warehouse in DC
  (Folk - RIYL Bonnie Raitt, Patty Griffin, Ben Harper)

Jul 10 - Tue
Memphis Gold @ Blues Alley in DC
  (Blues - RIYL Howlin Wolf , B.B. King, Albert King, Fieldstones Memphis)

Jul 12 - Thu
Elizabeth II @ Black Cat in DC
  (Hard Rock - RIYL Halestorm, Hole, Foo Fighters)


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HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   ** M4TR (Music 4 The Revolution)**


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DC Music Rocks All Music Episode July 3 2018
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6/26/18 - Special Guest: Carolyn Malachi

Thanks to Carolyn Malachi for hanging out with us in the studio this week! 

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Miss Mary Mack, by OnRaé LaTeal (Hip Hop)

  2. Beautiful Dreamer, by Carolyn Malachi (Jazz, R&B)

  3. Houston, by Black Alley (Hip Hop, Rock)

  4. ***Snow Day, by Tony Craddock, Jr. & Cold Front (Jazz, Gospel)

  5. ***Living in a Dream, by Hungry on Monday (Rock, Indie)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

LATEST NEWS - DC Music Rocks Festival at 9:30 Club on Aug 18:

WINNERS OF THE TICKET GIVEAWAY - Each Band and DC Music Rocks all conducted a combined giveaway contest of 5 Free Pairs of Tickets Giveaway.  The Following are the winners of the drawing at random from everyone who entered. If you’re friends with any of these people and can tag them, please do, they need to send us a DM on facebook so we can confirm with them and let them know how they’ll pick up their tickets:

  • Jennifer Battle

  • Joellen Welch

  • Griffin Hanes

  • Simon Raqeuelme

  • Emma G

GIRLS ROCK! DC also did their own giveaway of one pair of tickets, congrats to the winner, please send us a message:

  • Lauren Hayes

Have you bought your tickets yet?  What most people often do is wait until closer to the show or on the day of, but in this case, several hundred tickets have already been sold, so I hope you’ll go ahead and buy your tickets now.  They’re only $15!

Festival facebook event link with details:  https://www.facebook.com/events/197997380997173/


NEW RELEASES

MUSIC

  • The Jogo Project - Dear Draylen
    (Single, Jazz/Gogo, RIYL Funk or a smooth Chuck Brown)

  • Clutch - How To Shake Hands
    (Single, Hard Rock, RIYL Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath)

  • Mystery Friends - Can’t Say
    (Single, Indie, RIYL LCD Soundsystem, Phoenix)

  • Luke James Shaffer - Last First Kiss
    (Single, Indie, The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Zac Brown Band)

VIDEO

*********Exclusive Music Video World Premier On DC Music Rocks*******
Eli Lev - Making Space
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VOGPsCeIfY
***********************************************************************************

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
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Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
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THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Jun 29 - Fri

By and By @ MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, MD
(Bluegrass, RIYL Nickel Creek, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Shovels & Rope)
Emma G @ District Wharf in DC
(Pop, RIYL Adele, Pink, Tracy Chapman, Alanis Morrissette)
The Duskwhales @ The Loft at The Hamilton in DC
(Indie, RIYL The Beatles, The Doors, Vampire Weekend, The Killers)

Jun 30 - Sat

Black Masala @ The Soundry in Columbia, MD
(Funk, RIYL High energy brass band with eclectic world influences ranging from balkan, funk, soul, gypsy and punk)
Paperhaus @ Rock & Roll Hotel in NE DC
(Indie, RIYL Radiohead, Deerhunter, Kraftwerk)
The Split Seconds @ Black Cat in DC
(Punk, RIYL good classic punk music, Green Day, The Buzzcocks, Deadboys)

Jul 1 - Sun

Jelly Roll Mortals @ Pearl Street Warehouse in DC
(RIYL Classic 20th Century Rock, Country)

Jul 5 - Thu

Jason Masi @ Northside Social in Arlington, VA
(Pop, RIYL Amos Lee, John Mayer, Ben Harper)
Thaylobleu @ Union Stage in DC
(Hard Rock, RIYL Bad Brains, MC5, The Dirtbombs


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HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **Music 4 The Revolution (Abu Jibran)**


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Carolyn Malachi

Video - Bio - Links - Transcript

Carolyn Malachi Bio:

Carolyn Malachi

For Carolyn Malachi, tethering Soul, Blues and Jazz music to Trap, Afrobeat and House music is just one method of elevating the good vibes. She says, "On the path to understanding, music is the intersection where we pause for conversation." The Grammy nominated artist, Fulbright awardee and cryptocurrency enthusiast is also the creator of the GRITS & GARRI podcast. Pulsing through each beat of Carolyn Malachi's electroacoustic sound is this mantra: onward and upward. 

Links:

www.Instagram.com/CarolynMalachi

www.Twitter.com/Carolyn_Malachi

www.CarolynMalachi.com

 

Carolyn Malachi
Carolyn Malachi

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:               On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene.

                        For Carolyn Malachi, tethering soul, blues, and jazz music to trap, Afrobeat, and house music is just one method of elevating the good vibes. She says, "On the path to understanding music is the intersection where we pause for conversation."

Carolyn:            I said that?

Brian:               You did, and it's such a good quote. This Grammy-nominated artist, Fulbright Awardee, and cryptocurrency enthusiast is also the creator of Grits and Garri podcast, and pulsing through each beat of Carolyn Malachi's electro-acoustic sound is the mantra, "Onward and upward." I came across Carolyn when I started, gosh, many years ... I think I saw you at the Funk Parade, like two years ago-

Carolyn:            Hey, yeah. You were wearing a blue jacket.

Brian:               And you were wearing a very ... Man, it was a shirt and I can't remember what it said but I Instagrammed it because it was so good and I'll have to find it. But anyway, I've been a Carolyn Malachi fan for a long time, so I just have a little personal fanboy moment when I get to say thank you for being here, this is so cool to have you.

Carolyn:            Thanks for having me, this is a pleasure.

Brian:               And so now, talk about you and the story, your connection to DC.

Carolyn:            Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Brian:               Talk about it.

Carolyn:            Brooklyn born. Northeast, I'm a northeast girl.

Brian:               Yeah? That's it.

Carolyn:            Woman.

Brian:               And every since always been, have you ever like gone and come back, or-

Carolyn:            Yeah, you know, I went to school in West Virginia, I lived in Baltimore after that, and I am enjoying being back home now.

Brian:               Nice.

Carolyn:            It's magical.

Brian:               And when you say enjoy being back home, how long have you been back home?

Carolyn:            I've been back home for a few years. A few years, yeah, so it's definitely, when I came back in there were noticeable differences, but I think Washington has always been a city of diversity, it's been a city of change, and the culture here is just beautiful.

Brian:               Definitely. There's so much culture going on, I mean, God there's so many ... Whatever you want, like in the music, for example, on this show we play all different kinds of music and whatever kinda music you want, we have it here in DC for you, it's kind of amazing.

Carolyn:            This is true. This is true.

Brian:               And so now your vibe, have you always been kind of like that smooth jazz and Afrobeat, and has your sound evolved over time? Has it always kinda ... Or did you find your niche in the beginning?

Carolyn:            I think that the music that I've released is sort of indicative of like what my parents used to play for me on the car rides home from school, which is basically the Quiet Storm.

Brian:               The Quiet Storm, keeping you soft and warm, oh yeah.

Carolyn:            Ladies, ladies, ladies, like that vibe, right? But also I mean, I grew up with Pac in my ears, also Alanis Morissette, you know, Creed, just a bunch of different artists. Chuck Brown, you name it, Pat Metheney, Jaco Pastorious, like, Bob Marley. My great grandfather was John Malachi, who was a pianist that played for Sarah Vaughn, so. And Radiohead, I think one of my biggest musical influences is Thom Yorke.

Brian:               Wow.

Carolyn:            So, now I'm in school and I'm working with a lot of like, music tech, so my production style is even evolving to include more of the sounds that I would like to incorporate.

Brian:               Wow. That's wild.

Carolyn:            So I'm really excited about what is being created.

Brian:               And while we're talking about the past, tell us what's your earliest memory with music?

Carolyn:            I'll tell you about my best memory with music. So I saw Pat Metheney at the Strathmore a few years ago.

Brian:               And if they don't know who Pat Metheney is, how would you describe him?

Carolyn:            If you don't know who Pat Metheney is ...

Brian:               You need to get on Google.

Carolyn:            Trippin'! So Pat is like a legendary jazz guitarist. So, I went to hear him at the Strathmore, my first time hearing him live, he had just released his album Orchestrion.

Brian:               Wow.

Carolyn:            And he walked onstage, he played one note, and I was just crying. Just bawling, crying.

Brian:               Wow.

Carolyn:            And so, my dad-

Brian:               Crying ... For why?

Carolyn:            I don't ... Well, this is what I'm getting to.

Brian:               Okay, I totally forgot.

Carolyn:            Before we had walked into the theater, I saw my dad in the audience. I was like, "What are you doing here?" He's like, "I'm coming to see Pat Metheney!" So I was like, "Okay." So there's intermission and we walk into the hallway and I was like, "Dad, I could not stop crying." And he was like, "Oh, that's because I used to play Pat Metheney's music when you were in your mother's womb. Used to put headphones on."

Brian:               Oh yeah?

Carolyn:            Yeah, so I guess that was me having ... Something was triggered.

Brian:               There you go.

Carolyn:            And I guess technically that is my first musical experience.

Brian:               So to all those moms to be out there, you can put headphones on your stomach and play good music for your-

Carolyn:            Yeah, play Carolyn Malachi for your baby to be.

Brian:               You definitely should do that. If I had one on the way, I would do that.

Carolyn:            Aww.

Brian:               For sure, because man it's just such smooth sound. 'Cause you heard one of the songs on this episode, but she's got such an amazing collection, so you've gotta check out more of Carolyn's discography because it's so good.

Carolyn:            Thank you.

Brian:               Now, take a break from that and tell us about you on the personal side. So outside of Carolyn Malachi the musician and the producer, what's life like for you?

Carolyn:            You know, I love trading cryptocurrencies, it is such a fun, invigorating, depressing hobby.

Brian:               And wait a minute, trading cryptocurrencies.

Carolyn:            Yeah, like I'm super into that.

Brian:               Pretend like I don't know what that means, what is that?

Carolyn:            So, if you've heard of Bitcoin or if you've heard of blockchain technology, I'm like super into that. I don't think blockchain's gonna save the world, but I'm pretty sure it's gonna change the world, so I'm considered an early adopter I mean, on the record like I'm one of the first artists to have accepted Bitcoin for music. But now I spend a lot of time trying to get other musicians involved. Yeah.

Brian:               Interesting. And what is the incentive to get another musician involved in Bitcoin?

Carolyn:            Well I think the longterm view here is we could potentially use blockchain technology to speed up royalty payments to musicians, and to provide more accurate royalty payments to musicians. Like there are so many people who are left out because they're not properly credited or maybe they don't have access to PROs, which are performance rights organizations, and so part of getting people into that blockchain space is I think getting them to at least touch or have some experience with the most popular application of blockchain technology, which is Bitcoin.

Brian:               Wow. There it is, ways to transform the world of musicians and transform the world as a whole with blockchain technology. And if you're not familiar with the stuff we're talking about, at least Google it so you kinda know what's going on, 'cause that's ... This is, if it hasn't already touched your life, it will be touching your life in some way, shape or form very quickly here, 'cause it's an amazing technology. Even if you don't apply it to currency, I do have to say it's a very, it's a wonderful concept.

Carolyn:            Yeah, for basic recordkeeping.

Brian:               Yup, all those databases where somebody deleted something, that goes away with blockchain. So, anyway. But back to you, so now ... We were talking about you outside of music and we got Bitcoin. Share something else. What else you got?

Carolyn:            And which [inaudible 00:07:40] back to music right? I love my boo, he's amazing.

Brian:               Your boo?

Carolyn:            My boo.

Brian:               Aw, there he is. Are we gonna shout out to him specifically?

Carolyn:            Yeah, shoutout to Io.

Brian:               Oh, Io, there it is. And now what about you, so, funniest moment that comes to mind performing?

Carolyn:            Performing, so, man, I used to perform barefoot.

Brian:               Really?

Carolyn:            Yes. Until.

Brian:               Uh-oh.

Carolyn:            Well, and I don't wanna say until, this kind of was the thing that made me reconsider my choices, but I was playing, there was a show on the campus of Saint Elizabeth's and I think it was produced by public works, I think. So, somebody was really feeling the spirit, and we know we like that as musicians. Well they walked to the front of the stage, and they reached up and then they touched my feet, and it just felt really weird. And so I kinda ... I left it alone, I was like, "Okay." You know, they didn't just like tap my toes, they like, rested their hand on my feet.

Brian:               Oh, that's amazing.

Carolyn:            And so I had ... No, it's really not. So then I ...

Brian:               You're right, it's not, you're right.

Carolyn:            I like, I squatted a little bit but like in rhythm so it was like a rhythmic squat, and I like dusted their hand off of my toes, so then you know I'm kinda working the stage, going from side to side, and so I remember going to like the right side of the stage, and I turned around and this guy, the same toe toucher, had walked up the opposite side of the stage, and he was making a beeline toward me, and then security like, bum rushed him and got him off the stage. I was like, "I don't want anybody touching my feet onstage again, because apparently my feet are magical."

Brian:               There it is.

Carolyn:            So, yeah. Yeah.

Brian:               Oh, that's so funny. You got a toe toucher and it changed your life, Carolyn.

Carolyn:            That was, yeah. Yeah. But I still kick off my shoes from time to time. You gotta get in there.

Brian:               I was gonna say, if that's your tendency you can't just let it go because somebody touched 'em, so yeah, you're right. They still come off at some point. I will go on record and say that she is currently wearing shoes, just for the record, right now, there are shoes on, so.

Carolyn:            The toes are out, but the shoes are on.

Brian:               You're right, they're open-toed sandals, so it's good. Now what about biggest success moment that comes to mind for you and your musical career so far?

Carolyn:            I had a tour last year, it was with the Department of Defense.

Brian:               Excellent.

Carolyn:            And-

Brian:               To the troops?

Carolyn:            Yup. All-women band, Middle East, five countries. Middle East and North Africa, and our last city on the tour was Cairo.

Brian:               Nice.

Carolyn:            And we actually, when we landed we drove about a hour to see the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx, and so my band and I, we arrive, our host is with us, and she's like, "Would you all wanna climb the Great Pyramid?" And of course, I mean Cairo, of course! And it was, at that moment it was just really beautiful, I know two of the members of the band had never been on the continent of Africa before, so just seeing their tears and just watching them beam, that was amazing. But then we climbed this doggone pyramid, and let me tell you, if you have not climbed the Great Pyramid, and you think you want to do it, you need to like, do boot camp or something ...

Brian:               Training, physical training.

Carolyn:            ... Before, you need to train. Yes, 'cause it's not like when they built the pyramids they had central air, right? So, or stairs. So you're literally like, crawling up a slope that never ends, and when we go there, we got to the top, there was an empty tomb. That's it. And maybe like a couple hieroglyphics. We were so bummed.

Brian:               Wow. That's a lot.

Carolyn:            You know, I think I'm really proud of that moment because it sucked, but as a team we made it up there together and we made it out there together, and now whenever either of us has like a conflict in our lives we say, "You know, whatever happens, we climbed a Great Pyramid."

Brian:               This is true. And that is-

Carolyn:            We made it out.

Brian:               ... That is a, man, biggest success moment. "We climbed a pyramid."

Carolyn:            "We climbed a pyramid."

Brian:               I love it.

Carolyn:            Yes.

Brian:               And my favorite question, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Carolyn:            Never get your eyebrows waxed. Never. Never, don't do it. Don't do it.

Brian:               Do you have a bad experience with this that you learned the hard way? Where is this coming from?

Carolyn:            I think it's less about the eyebrow waxing and more about what it represents, right?

Brian:               Okay.

Carolyn:            We pay people to hurt us.

Brian:               Fair. I guess, man when you think about it in that context we do a lot of that as humans.

Carolyn:            We do a lot of that, yeah.

Brian:               That's true. Okay, so don't get your eyebrows waxed.

Carolyn:            No eyebrow waxing.

Brian:               No eyebrow waxing.

Carolyn:            Tweeze 'em.

Brian:               Oh. Which is still hurting, but it's yourself-

Carolyn:            Exactly.

Brian:               ... So that's okay. I love it. Oh my God. For those folks who wanna find out more about you and the amazing stuff you're doing, where do they go?

Carolyn:            You know, there's always carolynmalachi.com, I am more often on the Twitter and the Instagram, so if you Tweet, you can Tweet me @carolyn_malachi, or Instagram it's just Carolyn Malachi.

Brian:               There it is. And Malachi's M-A-L-A-C-H-I.

Carolyn:            Yes it is.

Brian:               That's Carolyn Malachi. And Carolyn with a Y.

 

6/19/18 - Special Guest: DuPont Brass

Thanks to DuPont Brass for hanging out with us in the studio this week! 

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MUSIC

  1. ***Oh! Love, by Del Florida (Pop, Progressive Pop)

  2. ILM, by DuPont Brass (Hip Hop, R&B)

  3. ***One For Pops, by The JoGo Project (Jazz, Go-Go)

  4. ***In The City, Exoplanets (Rock, Experimental)

  5. Feel So Good, by Night Train 357 (Hip Hop)

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NEW MUSIC RELEASES

Hip Hop
Tabi Bonney - Le Bon Voyage
(4 song EP, RIYL Drake/Pharrell)

Pop
Nelly’s Echo - Run Run Away
(5 Song EP, he’s RIYL Jason Mraz)

Rock
Clones of Clones - Drugz
(Single, RIYL 80’s Rock Music)

Indie
Prinze George - Airborne
(Single, RIYL Metric)

Odetta Hartman - Sweet Teeth
(Single, RIYL Karen Dalton)

Amour Glamour - Ooch Ooch
(Single, RIYL MGMT)

Punk
Bottled Up - It Ain’t A Thing
(Single, Pop Punk, RIYL B-52s)

The Split Seconds - Counterfeit Reality
(10 Song LP, Classic Punk, RIYL Green Day)

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THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Jun 22 Fri
ShowPony & The Radiographers @ MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, MD
(Indie, RIYL Russian Circles/The Strokes)

Jun 23 Sat
Flasher @ Black Cat in Washington, DC
(Often touring, rarely play in town, Rock, RIYL Priests)

DuPont Brass @ MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, MD
(This week’s guest, Funk/Hip Hop, RIYL Funk/Brass Bands)

Jun 24 Sun
Eric Scott @ Pearl Street Warehouse in Washington, DC
(Excellent Singer Songwriter, Pop, RIYL John Mayer)

Rare Essence @ U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC
(Have you been to a Gogo show recently?  Gogo/Funk vibe, RIYL Chuck Brown)

Jun 28 Thu
Broke Royals, Eli Lev, Little League Champs @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC
(Lots of talent on this bill!  Rock/Indie/Pop, RIYL The Killers/Tom Petty/Blink 182)  


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DuPont Brass

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DuPont Brass Bio:

DuPont Brass
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DuPont Brass is a unique, soulful, brass ensemble hailing from the D.C. Metropolitan Area. Originally composed of five music majors from Howard University trying to raise money for tuition during the Christmas season, they have now grown to a 8-piece ensemble consisting of brass, a rhythm section, and vocalists. Gaining popularity from playing at local Metro stations, DuPont Brass started out professionally playing for weddings, banquets, and other private events in the surrounding area. Thanks to the foundation laid in their earlier years, DuPont Brass has had the opportunity to perform in conjunction with the D.C. Jazz Festival and on the prestigious Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Consistently touching the hearts of the community with their heartwarming testimony, DuPont Brass has been featured on WPFW's “Live at Five” three times and featured in the Washington Post Newspaper five times. Through their training in both classical and contemporary styles, the young group has developed a sound that mixes varied genres of music, including jazz, hip-hop, and R&B. Their latest release entitled Eclectic Soul is a testament to that sound. Overall, the mission of DuPont Brass is to uplift the spirits of people with their music, not just in the DMV area, but across the world. 

DuPont Brass:

Web: www.dupontbrass.com

IG: dupontbrass / https://www.instagram.com/dupontbrass/

Twitter: DuPontBrass  / https://twitter.com/DuPontBrass

Facebook: dupontbrass / https://www.facebook.com/dupontbrass/

Smartlink for Album & Streaming Sites: http://smarturl.it/eclecticsoul

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DuPontBrass

DuPont Brass
DuPont Brass

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:               On DC Music Rocks we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC regions local music scene. DuPont Brass is a unique soulful brass ensemble hailing from the DC metropolitan area. The group began with five music majors from Howard University trying to raise money for tuition during the Christmas season.

Brian:               They now have grown to an eight piece ensemble consisting of brass, a rhythm section, and vocalists. They're gaining popularity from playing at local metro stations. DuPont Brass started out professionally playing for weddings, banquets, and other private events in the surrounding area and through their training in both classical and contemporary styles the young group has developed a sound that mixes varied genres of music including jazz, hip hop, and R and B.

Brian:               Their latest release entitled Eclectic Soul which you just heard ILM, that's off that, is a testament to that sound and overall the mission of DuPont Brass is to uplift the spirits of people with their music. Not just at the DMV but all over the world.

Brian:               So I've been a fan of these guys for awhile, I've been following since way before this latest EP came out and I've been such a fan. So for my fanboy moment, it's just, thanks for being here guys, this is really cool.

Brent:               Thanks for having us.

Anthony:          Thanks for having us man.

Brian:               This is awesome. Now, alright, so describe, first and foremost, you got to, since they're listening to you now, introduce yourselves and your role in the band.

Brent:               Well I'm Brent [Gosset 00:01:33], I'm the tuba player and then the behind the scenes man. So you'll see me playing on stage and then you won't see me again because I'll be running around.

Brian:               And you'll be the biz guy, I love it. Alright Brent, thanks for being here.

Anthony:          I like to call Brent Yonce though, because even though he says you won't see him then one minute you won't, people love Brent. People will flock to him. I mean you know for good reason. He's a great tuba player. So yeah.

Anthony:          My name's Anthony. I'm the music director for the band so I pretty much write all the music, or 90% of it. I choose what we play and like even other peoples songs, I kind of like executive produce it, kind of like tweak it here and there.

Brian:               Got it, because I was going to say you guys, if they haven't heard you, you play covers and stuff too. Other songs that people know. It's like your own twist on them which is also really cool.

Brent:               That's the guy with the magic touch.

Brian:               That's it. Now do you play during the shows too or you really-

Anthony:          Yeah I play trumpet during the show and you know I'm also kind of, field general for us playing and stuff.

Brian:               Gotcha. A field general and trumpet player and producer and I love it. That's really cool. Now, and the story behind your name? Tell me the story, why is it called DuPont Brass?

Anthony:          So we were, I mean as most college students are, we were super broke, had no money, you know and we wanted some so. They were playing without me, it was just four of them that were going to Georgetown and playing and weren't making very much money.

Anthony:          I was in one of my classes, I'll never forget this girl, her name was Jill, she was like hey I always see a lot of brass people playing outside of DuPont circle, maybe you might want to go there. I was like you know maybe. So we arranged some Christmas tunes, Brent bought this Canadian Brass Christmas book and I was just like kind of writing covers of other Christmas songs and I was like hey guys lets just go to DuPont instead.

Anthony:          So we went to DuPont, set up in between that Krispy Kreme and Panera Bread and just you know took our best shot at it.

Brian:               That's awesome and that first one went so well that you decided not only is the band going to stick but we're going to call ourselves DuPont Brass? It was that good?

Anthony:          No. I mean well, we hadn't, we didn't have a name, like one of our, our trombone player was like hey we're the Christmas time band.

Anthony:          But we just, I remember, one of my friends who was in marching band with us, he was like hey bro are you going out with the DuPont crew today? I was like DuPont crew? That sounds kind of cool. So I was like I know I want DuPont int he name, I was like what about DuPont Brass? I just texted everyone and was like how do you all feel about that? They were like that's cool, and it just kind of just stuck.

Brian:               Nice. There it is DuPont Brass, came across it, and because you'd been playing at DuPont. That's cool. I like that. The DC region connections, are you guys like actually born and raised here? Or what's the story?

Brent:               Well I'm actually from Chicago and I came out here to go to Howard University. That's where I met all these guys.

Brian:               Nice. Alright. What about you Anthony?

Anthony:          I'm actually from outside of South East DC. So from a place called [inaudible 00:04:47] Maryland. It's closer to National Harbor now if you know about National Harbor.

Brian:               Sure.

Anthony:          Couple other guys, our guitar player's from South East, our main soloist and trumpet player is from [Forestville 00:04:59] area. So we have a lot of people from the area and if you listen to our music we kind of have like a little bit of a like go-go thing. Like bubbling under the surface. Not like an intention of ours but just kind of something that naturally happens.

Brian:               Sure. Absolutely. If they haven't seen you live then describe, so the pieces to the band, what are they going to see. Like if they come to, you said there's the show on June 23rd, what are they going to see on stage for that?

Brent:               Well it's going to be two trumpets, two trombones, sousaphone/tuba, for those that don't know what sousaphone is. Then we have drum set, keys, guitar and a vocalist and then one of our trumpet players also doubles as an MC.

Brent:               So he steps to the mic every once in a while as well.

Brian:               That's amazing. Talk about you guys on the personal side. So you two outside of DuPont Brass, what do you do outside of DuPont Brass?

Anthony:          I'm a huge fan of just, like other peoples music. I know that sounds so cliché but I literally just watch YouTube interviews or like of my favorite rappers or I'm always following my favorite rap beat or something like that and then if I'm not watching like hip hop moves then I'm watching basketball. Like I'm a huge basketball fan, I do the same thing with that. I know all the latest stuff that's going on with Lebron James and Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving. So I'm just kind of a basketball and music nerd for real.

Brian:               Nice and do you play them to or do you just watch them? Like play basketball too?

Anthony:          Yeah I mean you know I play basketball as well as anybody else in any pick up game but I'm not like you know, guys any good. I would never say that.

Brian:               Well you know, but I guess I'm wondering, do you actually, do you spend time playing or are you mostly watching?

Anthony:          Mostly watching, sometimes playing.

Brian:               Alright, so basketball and music. I love it.

Brian:               Alright Brent, talk to us man.

Brent:               So outside of DuPont Brass I also teach part time. I teach part time at [inaudible 00:06:54]School of Arts.

Brian:               What do you teach?

Brent:               I teach two [inaudible 00:06:57] and sight singing and ear training.

Brian:               Wow. Okay.

Brent:               Then I just started working at the community center last week.

Brian:               Congratulations man, that's a cool gig. Alright. Especially for somebody who's teaching music and all this stuff. Like boy you get to see it on another level which is awesome.

Brent:               Being behind the scenes on a macro level is pretty cool. Then outside of that, I love everything tuba. I like listening to a lot of new music. My favorite genres are probably like funk, soul, progressive metal and like, ... big band jazz. So I'm always like searching that circuit for new stuff.

Brent:               Then video games for real, for real.

Brian:               Yeah? What are we talking about? What system? What games?

Anthony:          Halo, X-box 360.

Brent:               X-box, X-box 1. [crosstalk 00:07:52].

Brent:               Okay, but yeah.

Brian:               He has arrived.

Brent:               When I had a lot of time, talking about back in high school days I used to play a lot of X-box but I mean it collects a lot of dust now but I still love to play.

Brian:               You still love to play.

Anthony:          Also I will let you guys know that Brent and myself are really good at spades.

Brent:               Oh yeah. Come see us!

Anthony:          We beat at least five people at every cook out we go to.

Brian:               Oh my God and now wait a minute if they don't know what you mean when you say spades, what is that?

Anthony:          It's a card game. A lot of people-

Brian:               Oh we're talking about a straight up card game spades. Nice.

Brent:               And dominoes, fives.

Brian:               Oh there it is.

Brent:               Fives.

Brian:               Dominoes and spades.

Anthony:          Cook out bullies.

Brian:               I love it, oh man. That's cool. Alright. Check that one out. Now my favorite question to ask, always have to ask, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be? This is for both Brent, start with you man.

Brent:               One piece of advice, what would it be?

Brent:               So, I pretty much just, what a lot of people don't see about me, I have a lot of successes that people are able to visually see. Or it seems like a lot of successes, but behind that image of a lot of successes is like multiple failures and falls and steps.

Brent:               So I would just tell most people, excuse me. I would tell people, most people, don't worry about your failures, don't publicize your life so much. Just learn from your mistakes. Gain from your stepping stones that you fall short of, and then turn everything into a positive spin that you can move forward off of. Everything has something to gain from it, whether you like the experience or not.

Brian:               Everything has something to gain from it, whether you like it or not. I dig that. Thanks Brent. Alright your turn.

Anthony:          So I mean, I'm going to do a two part thing, super quick though. Number one I just think, you know do the work. Especially while you can. I mean, like when you're young. When you're in college or high school, that's the time you don't have anything else to do but to just work on you. Then number two once you've done that work, just believe that you're worthy. You know what I mean? I mean we deal with that sometimes too, like oh I don't know should we charge these people that much? Do you think we're worth that much? Like you're worth that much, so just believe in yourself and believe in whatever thing you're selling. Believe that you deserve it.

Brian:               I love that. Yes. Believe you're worth it and you're worth that much, aw so good. I love it and now for those folks who want to find out more about you guys and the cool things happening with DuPont Brass, where do they go?

Brent:               Dupontbrass.com and then you can follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, @dupontbrass-

6/12/18 - Special Guest: The Split Seconds

Thanks to Drew, Steve, Alex, and Sean of The Split Seconds, for hanging out with us in the studio this week! 

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MUSIC

  1. ***Constellation, by Kevin Olson (Indie, Acoustic)

  2. Everybody's Wrong, by The Split Seconds (Punk, Pop Punk)

  3. Falling, by Derek Evry (Rock, Alternative)

  4. ***The Fall, NUEX (Pop, Dark Electro-Pop)

  5. Strange Shapes, by Curse Words (Punk, Punk Rock)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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NEW MUSIC RELEASES

  • Clones of Clones - Neighborhoods (4 Song Rock EP, RIYL Maroon 5)

  • Flasher - Constant Image (10 Song Rock LP, RIYL Sneaks)

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
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THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Fri Jun 15
- Juxt @ Dupont Underground (Hard Rock, RIYL Lady Gaga/Nirvana)
- Black Masala @ Yards Park Summer Concert Series (Funk, RIYL Brass Bands/Gypsy Balkan Punk)

Sat Jun 16
Yellow Dubmarine @ The Soundry (Reggae, RIYL The Beatles/Bob Marley

Sun Jun 17
Near Northeast @ Union Stage (Indie, RIYL Timber Timbre)

Thu Jun 21
Sol Roots & Three Man Soul Machine @ Pearl Street Warehouse (Funk/Blues, RIYL Soulive/Jon Cleary)


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The Split Seconds

Video - Bio - Links - Transcript

The Split Seconds Bio:

The Split Seconds

Reclaiming the raw style of 70’s punk, with undertones of classic pop, rock and roll, and reggae, The Split Seconds have been lauded as a return to form for punk rock. Described by the Washington Post as “DC punk rock sound distilled,” The Split Seconds have maintained momentum following the release of their first LP, “Center of Attention.” Poised for their second full length release, there is no doubt that “Counterfeit Reality” doubles down and delivers yet another dose of bold, catchy, and pointed songwriting. Be sure to catch The Split Seconds on Warped Tour 2018.

Links:

Website: www.thesplitseconds.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thesplitsecondsband
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/thesplitsecondsband
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thesplitseconds/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/41xPhkSjM2gOZXZIkNaU5p?si=0dScMptsQJy7Xr0yk7c2tg

The Split Seconds
The Split Seconds

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:                           On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists and incredible people behind the DC region's music scene. Reclaiming the raw style of 70's punk with undertones of classic pop, rock and roll and reggae, The Split Seconds have been lauded as a return to the form for p ... To form for, it ... Look at me. I'm so excited you're here. They have been lauded as, it's a ... Have been lauded as a return to form for punk rock. Described by the Washington Post as "DC punk rock sound distilled." The Split Seconds have maintained momentum following the release of their first LP Center of Attention and poised for their second full-length release. There is no doubt that Counterfeit Reality, which you just heard a track from, doubles down and delivers yet another dose of bold, catchy and pointed songwriting and that awesome classic pop. Guys.

Brian:                           I first came across these guys because I've known 'em since before and then I had the honor of having them, they played in the DC Music Rocks Festival last year. And just blew me away with that performance. And if you haven't seen these guys live, you gotta go check out their release show that's happening, tell 'em again, June 30th.

Drew Champion:          June 30th at the Black Cat.

Brian:                           At the Black Cat. Gotta come see these guys because seeing 'em live is ... It just doesn't do it justice if you don't see it live. So, guys, I've been a fan for a while and so it's freaking awesome that there's a new album and I get to share it and you're all here with me right now. Thanks for being here.

Drew Champion:          Thanks for having us, yeah.

Stephen Parsons:          Thanks for having us.

Brian:                           This is cool. All right, now what is it ... Talk about the name. Where does the name of Split Seconds come from?

Drew Champion:          The Split Seconds, it kind of started as a project where I had a lot of songs left over from an older project that I did called The Coastals. And I wasn't sure what was gonna come of the project, so I just ended up heading into the studio with my buddy Goo, who plays in Boardroom Heroes, he was on drums and I did the rest of it. But I didn't expect the project to really stick around that long.

Brian:                           Nice.

Drew Champion:          So yeah, and I thought just for kind of like a tight, kind of punchy, up-tempo, classic punk rock band, it just sounded like a cool name. So the sound of the name fit the sound of the band. And luckily, I ended up meeting Sean here and then bringing these guys on board. And we've been able to turn it into something that looks like it's going good places.

Brian:                           That's awesome.

Drew Champion:          There's a little bit of fatalism baked into the name, but hopefully it's not entirely correct.

Brian:                           Awesome. And so they're listening to you and they're maybe watching on the YouTube video or they're listening to you right now, introduce yourselves and what you play for the band. Who is everybody?

Drew Champion:          I'm Drew Champion, I'm lead vocals and guitar.

Stephen Parsons:          My name is Stephen Parsons, I play the bass guitar.

Sean Peterson:             My name is Sean Peterson, I play the drums.

Alex Massi:                   And I'm Alex Massi and I play guitar and vocals.

Brian:                           There it is. And wow, guys. So four pieces produce that sound. And what part of the DC region are you guys connected to?

Drew Champion:          I grew up in Gaithersburg. Lived in and around DC ever since. I've lived in PG County in DC proper and Virginia.

Brian:                           K, and that's Drew. And when you're talking, say your name so that the other guys know. What about you other guys?

Stephen Parsons:          I think that we're all from around the general DC, DMV area.

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah.

Brian:                           Like born and raised, most of you guys? Or is anybody from [crosstalk 00:03:15]

Sean Peterson:             No, you talk to-

Stephen Parsons:          No, I'm actually from Florida, but I moved here, I don't know, eight years ago.

Brian:                           Okay. All right, so been here for a while.

Drew Champion:          Stephen's from Florida, but he moved here.

Brian:                           Yeah.

Drew Champion:          Sean's from ... What was it?

Sean Peterson:             Michigan.

Drew Champion:          Michigan.

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Brian:                           Nice.

Drew Champion:          He moved here. And Alex is another Gaithersburger.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah, I'm also a Gaithersburger.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           Wow. Did you guys know each other in Gaithersburg back in the day?

Alex Massi:                   Not at all.

Drew Champion:          No. No.

Brian:                           No. That's amazing.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, so, actually we have some other friends in bands that are Gaithersburgers too, but we didn't know them either until we all started playing punk rock together in DC.

Brian:                           That's amazing. So now, talk about, so the funniest moment for The Split Seconds when you've been onstage? Tell, what's the funniest moment?

Drew Champion:          Onstage?

Sean Peterson:             Onstage or offstage?

Brian:                           Well now, when you say that, I now wanna hear both. So tell me both because I'm too curious.

Drew Champion:          Onstage might have been, there was a show we were playing, I won't say where, but we had a sound guy who ...

Brian:                           I feel like this is the beginning of every good joke: "So there once was this sound guy ..."

Drew Champion:          There once was a sound guy and he looked like he had maybe watched Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and picked up wardrobe tips and never looked back.

Brian:                           Oh, wow.

Drew Champion:          And a full-on bandana. And he was, I don't know what he was on, but it was something. And he kept like leaving the board and going outside. So didn't get very good sound for that show, but did get a couple of good stories out of that one.

Brian:                           For real. Absolutely.

Drew Champion:          He got in a massive fight with our bassist at the time, it was hilarious.

Sean Peterson:             Oh, those one-

Brian:                           I was gonna say, this is supposed to be a funny story and all he did was walk away and you didn't get good sound. I feel like there's something else you're leaving out there.

Drew Champion:          Well let me tell you that like being witness to both sides of the argument, everybody was wrong.

Brian:                           All right. So that's the onstage story. What about funniest moment offstage for you guys?

Sean Peterson:             Are you familiar with Murphy's Law? Everything that can go wrong will go wrong.

Brian:                           Oh, this is so good, tell me more.

Sean Peterson:             Well we had a show up in Poughkeepsie, New York about a year ago where we were opening up for a band called The Menzingers, which are a phenomenal band, I think out of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           Okay.

Sean Peterson:             They're great and we were really, really excited. But everything wrong that could have gone wrong went wrong trying to get up there. So it took a long time for us to rent a van.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, it turns out you can't rent ... Pro tip: you can't rent a van with a debit card. Just that pro tip.

Brian:                           Oh, okay.

Sean Peterson:             So that took a long time. And then the van only had two seats.

Brian:                           Oh.

Sean Peterson:             So Drew finally considered: he's late and all of us are mad at Drew and then Drew comes up with this two-seater van and there's actually four in the band. Those are two completely different numbers.

Stephen Parsons:          And he's just, "Welp-"

Sean Peterson:             So, Alex and Steve-

Stephen Parsons:          Get in the back.

Sean Peterson:             Begrudgingly drive up in the Alex's Prius. And Drew and I basically are white-knuckling it up to New York. And we get a call from Travis, the guy who owns our label, and he's fuming 'cause we're not there and they want us to soundcheck. So we're at somewhere in New Jersey, somewhere in New York, and Drew really has to go to the bathroom. And there's just, we can't stop, there's no time, we're gonna miss this show. So as I'm driving, maybe doing like 90, 95, down the expressway in terrible traffic, Drew climbs over all of our gear, in the back of this van, goes all the way to the back and has to go to the bathroom in a Gatorade bottle.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           Oh my goodness.

Sean Peterson:             It was-

Brian:                           Yeah, everything that could go wrong.

Sean Peterson:             Oh, wait, no, I got a picture of it.

Brian:                           Did you get a ticket too? 'Cause like ...

Sean Peterson:             No.

Brian:                           All right.

Sean Peterson:             But I've got a picture of it on my phone. I'll show you later.

Drew Champion:          It was great. More, more.

Sean Peterson:             I was taking this picture while I was driving, so, sorry, Mom.

Stephen Parsons:          And while he's peeing.

Drew Champion:          I didn't have a change of clothes either, so it was a real high wire act, you know?

Brian:                           I feel like, all right, so when you go to the Black Cat and see these guys on June 30th, make sure you catch up with Sean to get this picture.

Sean Peterson:             Yep.

Brian:                           Because this is oh-

Sean Peterson:             I mean, it's just, it's blackmail. You know, that's just what it is.

Drew Champion:          I was just looking out the back windows asking myself questions about what I was doing with my life.

Brian:                           Oh my god, guys. What about the biggest success moment that comes to mind when you think about The Split Seconds so far?

Drew Champion:          I'd say on paper, we're gonna be playing Warped Tour this July and that's real cool. For me personally, just growing up in Montgomery County and living in DC and the surroundings, you know, I always ... 9:30 Club is always like the top of the hill for me. And so just on a personal level, playing DC Music Rocks Festival last year was like a really big deal for me. So yeah.

Brian:                           Wow. Thanks guys.

Sean Peterson:             Thanks.

Brian:                           I love that I get to be a part of that. That's cool. All right. Well now, so, okay, my favorite question that I love to ask also is on a personal side, each of you guys, talk about what you do outside of The Split Seconds. Drew, you go first, man.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, this is-

Brian:                           Run down the line.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, I'm a mechanical engineer. I work in Bethesda and when I'm not mechanical engineering or playing music, I've been taking boxing lessons.

Brian:                           Really?

Drew Champion:          Yeah. I'm not good yet.

Brian:                           And just straight-up traditional boxing?

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           Or kickboxing, or-

Drew Champion:          Nah, just straight-up.

Brian:                           Yeah.

Drew Champion:          I figure like when I get my hands down then maybe I can move to the other extremities.

Brian:                           Okay. Start with the hands?

Drew Champion:          Yeah, you gotta start with the hands.

Brian:                           I got it. There we go. And is that up at ... Are you still ... You said Gaithersburg, are you still up in Maryland? Or where were you originally?

Drew Champion:          Nah, I just actually moved to Bethesda to be close to where I was working.

Brian:                           Nice.

Drew Champion:          I was working in Tenleytown before that.

Brian:                           Okay. Got ya. All right. Talk to us next.

Stephen Parsons:          Well this is Stephen. And besides hanging out with my pit bull, who's adorable, I play-

Sean Peterson:             Can confirm, yeah.

Stephen Parsons:          I play a lot of chess.

Brian:                           Really?

Stephen Parsons:          Like an obscene amount. Just-

Brian:                           Is this like online tournaments or in person?

Stephen Parsons:          No, I play ... Well, I mean, both, but it's more fun to play against other people over the board. Yeah, totally.

Brian:                           Interesting. Okay.

Stephen Parsons:          It's exciting, I love it.

Brian:                           I mean, it's a slow-paced game. But it's kind of funny because I picture you playing bass, like I don't know why ... If you didn't see the picture on social media of this episode, you saw him right up against the camera like going crazy with his bass. And then I'm imagining that same guy like slow and poised, sitting behind a chess board.

Stephen Parsons:          Oh yeah. Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Brian:                           Not moving for minutes at a time.

Stephen Parsons:          It's a mental battle. It's great, I love it.

Brian:                           That's amazing. Wow, all right. What's new? Talk to us, Sean.

Sean Peterson:             Hey, this is Sean. So outside of this band, I play in another band. I'm a professional drummer in a cover band called The Jump-Off, we play all down the east coast. So that's pretty much all I get to do with my time is either Split Seconds or Jump-Off.

Stephen Parsons:          Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Sean Peterson:             Playing in bands.

Brian:                           Wow. And so does that mean on average, how many shows are you playing like a week, or a year, or a month?

Sean Peterson:             Right now, I'm playing about three to four per week, which is kinda cool. Being busy is good and being busy means I get paid more, which is always awesome.

Brian:                           Also very true.

Sean Peterson:             But this has been the first year of me not having like a day job, 'cause while I was playing with these guys in DC, I was working various kind of odd jobs here and there. So it's been interesting completely committing myself to music, both in terms of time and finances.

Brian:                           That's amazing, man.

Sean Peterson:             So yeah.

Brian:                           Wow. Congrats. All right, cool.

Sean Peterson:             Thanks.

Brian:                           Props to you for going full-time, man. It's interesting, 'cause in DC, there's some that are full-time and then some that aren't and some that are trying to transition to that and then some people that aren't and-

Sean Peterson:             There's a huge gray area of part-time.

Brian:                           Yes.

Sean Peterson:             And what that means to be part-time. 'Cause it's like a spectrum: like there's some people where part-time is like oh, they're full-time but they kind of have the job for safety. And there's some people who are part-time 'cause they're barely part-time, you know?

Brian:                           Right, yep. True.

Sean Peterson:             So it's fun. It's a little bit scary at times, but it's fun.

Brian:                           Yeah. That's awesome. All right. You're next, man.

Alex Massi:                   Yep. This is Alex. And I'm computer science by trade, which means I get to sit at a desk for eight hours a day, at least, on a lucky day. And then outside of that, I mean I play a lot of video games, I throw down on N64.

Brian:                           Ni, okay.

Alex Massi:                   Yep.

Brian:                           Say more.

Stephen Parsons:          You can't handle me though.

Brian:                           What games? What are games?

Alex Massi:                   No, I destroy Steve at Smash.

Stephen Parsons:          Yeah, that's not true.

Sean Peterson:             He destroys everyone at Smash.

Stephen Parsons:          Untrue.

Brian:                           Smash Brothers Smash? What is that?

Stephen Parsons:          Yeah.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah, Super Smash Brothers.

Brian:                           Okay.

Alex Massi:                   On N64.

Brian:                           Got it.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah, I also recently got into Fortnight, which is like popular with the kids these days.

Brian:                           Nice. Is that also on N64?

Alex Massi:                   No.

Stephen Parsons:          No.

Alex Massi:                   No, no, that's like on the computer and like, I don't know, it's like on your smartphone, too. I don't know how that works.

Brian:                           Oh. I was gonna say, and if they don't know what Fortnight is, what is ... What is Smash Brothers and what is Fortnight if they don't know what those two are? What kind of game is that?

Alex Massi:                   Oh, word. All right, Smash Brothers is like a throwback fighting game, but not like Tekken or Streetfighter. I don't know how to describe this thing.

Brian:                           So it's one-on-one like Mortal Kombat or like what kind of-

Drew Champion:          It's like Mario gets in fights with Yoshi, right?

Brian:                           Okay.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah, yeah.

Sean Peterson:             It's got all the Nintendo characters.

Stephen Parsons:          Yeah.

Sean Peterson:             So like Starfox and Samus.

Brian:                           Oh, I got you.

Drew Champion:          And the little mushroom guy.

Brian:                           And you're fighting each other?

Alex Massi:                   Yeah.

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Brian:                           Okay. And then what and the other one?

Alex Massi:                   Yeah, Fortnight's expanding. That's like a new genre called battle royale. And it's just you drop a hundred people onto a big map, they shoot each other with guns. Someone wins.

Brian:                           Oh, nice.

Alex Massi:                   It's never me.

Stephen Parsons:          Hopefully not.

Brian:                           One day, we're training, we're working on it.

Alex Massi:                   Oh, I'm working on it. Yeah.

Brian:                           Oh gosh, that's amazing. So now, what about, switching gears then back to The Split Seconds then. So what's ... Tell us, well, tell us the story about a time you guys, as a band, tried and failed.

Drew Champion:          Ah geez. I feel like that's every time we try.

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Alex Massi:                   We already talked about you peeing in a bottle.

Drew Champion:          Yeah. I think that, no, I mean, there's some seriousness when I say that it feels like all the time. I mean, we're always trying to write good songs and sometimes you come up short trying to play good gigs, sometimes you come up short. And just like keep working at it. But I'd say, like in the long term, I don't think there have been any like real big setbacks for us, we've been lucky that way.

Brian:                           So nice. Nice, guys. Well, what about ... All right, so now, for each of you then, this one's for each of you, what do you have in your music collection that might surprise us? Go down the line.

Drew Champion:          This is Drew. I mean, I listen to a lot of stuff, everything, I like a lot of classical music, a lot of jazz. I listen to a lot of metal. So I actually don't listen to all that much punk rock.

Brian:                           Interesting.

Drew Champion:          Yeah. I used to listen to a lot of punk rock and I do feel like that's kind of my core sound. But at the same time, if I'm just out listening to something, it's almost never punk rock. So yeah.

Brian:                           Interesting. And when you get in the car, which way do you go first? Metal, jazz, classical?

Drew Champion:          What kind of day did I have?

Brian:                           Oh. All right, I got you.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, no, it's been a lot of metal lately. I just picked up Refused's first record. I guess that's considered like hardcore. But yeah, some good dissonance. But if I'm trying to chill out, sure, it's some Brahms, some Tchaikovsky.

Brian:                           Nice.

Drew Champion:          And then, you know, if it's a Saturday afternoon and I'm hanging out, maybe some Stan Gets, maybe some Charlie Christian.

Brian:                           Cool. All right, Steve, what about you, man?

Stephen Parsons:          I think we all have kinda varied musical tastes. But I don't think anybody else has a Katy Perry record on vinyl.

Sean Peterson:             That's awesome.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           And you do?

Stephen Parsons:          Yeah.

Brian:                           Oh, that's great.

Stephen Parsons:          Sounds great. I've got Teenage Dream, which is a fantastic record.

Sean Peterson:             Oh, that's sweet.

Brian:                           Oh, that is a good one.

Sean Peterson:             That's awesome.

Stephen Parsons:          Friends up there. [crosstalk 00:13:49]

Brian:                           You know, I almost wanna hear you guys cover a Katy Perry song. I think that would be hysterical.

Stephen Parsons:          I feel like that's happened before.

Sean Peterson:             I'm down with that. Like which one would you choose?

Stephen Parsons:          No, all of them.

Brian:                           You heard it here first. Maybe that happens. Oh god, that'd be hysterical. Anyway, please take a video whenever that day comes and I will share it.

Stephen Parsons:          Deal.

Brian:                           That would be awesome. All right. What about you?

Sean Peterson:             Hey, this is Sean. Drew kind of already went down this route and I'm not gonna try and get too nerdy here, but I'm a classically trained musician before I'm a drummer. So, I don't-

Brian:                           Really?

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Brian:                           Classical trained in what?

Sean Peterson:             Euphonium.

Brian:                           Really?

Drew Champion:          It's like a little tuba.

Sean Peterson:             It's like a little tuba, yeah.

Brian:                           Oh, that's so good.

Sean Peterson:             I actually went to school for music, for better or for worse. So the punk rock thing kind of happened after I got out of school. I was kind of disillusioned with being a classical musician.

Brian:                           Well, when did you switch to drums?

Sean Peterson:             So I randomly met Drew's Mom when I was working at an autobody shop, this is kind of one of the first in this series of like odd jobs. And one day, I was driving this lady to get her car picked up and she goes, "Oh, my son's a guitarist and he's really, really good." And I was thinking to myself, like, "Yeah, right, lady. Yeah, no, you're not."

Brian:                           Every mom says that. Okay.

Sean Peterson:             But I had kind of ... I did drum line in college and I was like, "Hey, drums was always fun." I hate like what I was doing before, but if I wanted to pick back music up again, like maybe I'd consider being a drummer.

Brian:                           Nice.

Sean Peterson:             And so she mentioned that her son Drew needed a drummer and I was like, "Oh, I play drums." Kind of like stretching the truth a little bit. So I waited a couple weeks, bought a drum set and called Drew up and now we're in a band. Now we're on a podcast.

Drew Champion:          So I went to-

Brian:                           And now you're on a podcast. Love it.

Drew Champion:          I went to his house and we jammed like the first record and he played it basically flawlessly. I had no idea that he had just learned drums in like two weeks.

Brian:                           Wow.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Sean Peterson:             The moral of the story is sometimes lying is good.

Brian:                           Kids, don't listen too close to that. But, okay, yes.

Sean Peterson:             You should. You should listen very close.

Brian:                           There you go. I love it. Oh, man. All right. One more. Talk to us.

Alex Massi:                   Wow. This is Alex. Yeah, music collection, I mean, I'm really into Brad Paisley, he's got that country-

Stephen Parsons:          Wow, I didn't see that coming.

Alex Massi:                   He's got that crazy guitar work, he's phenomenal.

Sean Peterson:             That's true.

Brian:                           Brad Paisley.

Alex Massi:                   But then, I guess, I'm also eclectic, I throw down with all types of EDM, whether we're talking like dubstep, trap-

Sean Peterson:             Trash can noises.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah.

Sean Peterson:             Everything.

Brian:                           Wow. EDM, oh god.

Alex Massi:                   Transformer, transformer sounds, you know?

Sean Peterson:             Yep, that's right.

Brian:                           It's so good. All right. And then my last question that I, it's my favorite one that I love to ask and this is for all of you guys: if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Drew Champion:          This is Drew. I think staying humble is important, especially if you're a musician, just if you're ever thinking that you're something special and you lose that determination, just keep your head down and keep doing what you gotta do. And if you ever think that something's owed to you, you're probably wrong. So yeah.

Brian:                           Fair enough.

Stephen Parsons:          Kind of going off what Drew said, I think don't stop, don't stop playing music because success is definitely not going to come if you don't try, if you're not diligent.

Brian:                           Good point.

Sean Peterson:             So in addition to lying, that's a good call back. Going off of what Drew and Steve said, I think work hard, be really, really nice to people because knowing the right people and having great relationships with them one, opens the most doors for you and two, makes the experience better for everyone involved. It kind of creates communities of people who support each other and that's awesome.

Drew Champion:          I'm still working on that one.

Brian:                           Yeah.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, excellent.

Brian:                           Although, I mean, you guys are all nice guys. Even though in your photos you look like tough guys, I can say that you're all nice guys. I dig it.

Alex Massi:                   All right. Hey, this is Alex. And, I mean, this is a lot of persistence coming from the rest of the group. And while it's great to keep your head down and really grind at it, it's always good to take a minute, take a breather and look around 'cause there's a lot you can miss, life is short.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           So like what comes to ... When you're saying that, is there something specific that comes to mind when you're ... Like an example or what do you mean?

Alex Massi:                   I mean, honestly, just it doesn't even have to be music related, just going outside and just taking a look up at the sky.

Drew Champion:          This is why Alex is engaged and the rest of us aren't.

Brian:                           That's so deep, man.

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Alex Massi:                   [crosstalk 00:17:58]

Brian:                           It's so good. All right. I could see what she sees in you.

Alex Massi:                   Oh, stop.

Brian:                           I love it. All right. Well and then when ... And for those folks who wanna find out more about you guys and the stuff going on with The Split Seconds, where do they go?

Drew Champion:          Thesplitseconds.com is gonna your first place to stop. If you wanna hear the new record, it should be up on all the outlets within the next couple of days. But if you just can't wait, soundcloud.com/thesplitsecondsband is where you wanna head. And definitely give us a like on Facebook, Facebook.com/thesplitsecondsband

 

 

6/5/18 - All-Music Episode

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MUSIC

  1. ***Let's Toast by Konshens (The MC) and His State of Mind (Hip Hop/Classical)

  2. ***Living Safe by Makeup Girl (Hard Rock/R&B)

  3. ***Nancy by Little League Champs (Pop/Indie)

  4. ***Escape Plan by Abby Sevcik (Pop/Electropop)

  5. ***Chromatic by Woodgrove (Hard Rock/Indie)

  6. ***The Minute I'm Gone by Julia Kasdorf (Country/Alt-Country)

  7. ***Scuzzy by Amour Glamour (Hard Rock/Blues Rock)

  8. ***Sou Seu Sabia by Trio Coraggioso (Jazz/World)

  9. ***Do You Like To Party? by Bijllionaire (Pop/EDM)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

We’re at 9,906 Followers!
A personal note from Brian:
I’ve never shared this with you, when I started DC Music Rocks, I set a goal, 10,000 followers across all the platforms.  It seemed huge at the time. I really didn’t know if it was possible. I didn’t know whether that many people even care about local music.  Each month I check all the numbers, and each month we’ve grown. As of June 1, we’re at 9,906. That’s more than 4700 subscribers to the podcast itself, and thousands who follow the social medias, the website, and the email list.  If things continue, this month, June of 2018, 23 months after the humble beginnings, we’ll hit 10,000 followers. My god guys, thank you. Thank you for your interest in local original music. Thanks for sharing DC Music Rocks with your friends and families and helping them to find this local music scene.  Thank you for all the support, the likes, the shares, attending the DC Music Rocks festival, and thanks for having DC Music Rocks as a part of your life, in whatever way it is. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!  -Brian-

DC Music Rocks Festival at 9:30 Club on Aug 18:
Details: http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/festival/
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NEW MUSIC RELEASES

Karen Jonas - Butter (10 Song Country Album, RIYL Brandy Clark)

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
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NEW VIDEOS

Karen Jonas - Butter
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKmxflmUPOA

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THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the details on the below shows AND the full list of your options!  We hope you go see a show!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Fri Jun 8 - Sun Jun 10
Celebrate Fairfax --  BIG Music Festival out in Fairfax, touring acts and great local talent including Sub-Radio, Caroline Ferrante, Chris Cassaday, Cinema Hearts (RIYL Pop, Rock, Country, and big outdoor festivals)

Sat Jun 9
-Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival  --  Jahnel Daliya, Elena & Los Fulanos, Bumper Jacksons (RIYL Bluegrass and Folk Music)
-Nappy Riddem & Higher Education at Gypsy Sally’s (Reggae, RIYL Bob Marley)

Sun Jun 10
-Olivia Mancini, Crys Matthews, Heather Mae @ Black Cat for Pride Week (Pop/Folk, RIYL Tom Petty/Tracy Chapman/Adele)

Thu Jun 14
Eli Lev, Luke James Shaffer doing a sofar sounds show in DC (Indie/Pop, RIYL small-intimate-house-shows/Mumford & Sons/The Lumineers)


PATREON

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
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5/29/18 - Special Guest: JDVBBS, The Live-Looping Producer/Rapper/Singer/Songwriter

Thanks to JDVBBS, the talented live-looping producer/rapper/singer/songwriter, who grew up in Reston VA, for hanging out with us in the studio this week! 

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MUSIC

  1. ***Viva la Noche, by Q the Turn Up (Techno, Electric)

  2. Wait & See, by JDVBBS (Pop, R&B)

  3. ***Karnival - Remix, by RDGLDGRN, JDVBBS (Pop, Hip Hop)

  4. ***Private Room (feat. JusPaul), by Footwerk (Hip Hop, Alternative Hip Hop)

  5. ***Alien Funk, by Cosmic Romp (Hip Hop, Funk)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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DC Music Rocks Festival at 9:30 Club on Aug 18 News:
Our first 2 sponsors for the festival are on board!
1) Arlington Independent Media - is a non-profit and huge supporter of the DC music scene by airing DC region artists on their radio and TV stations, and educating the community on all types of Digital Media
2) Roxplosion - One of DC's premier music photographers.  We hope you know him, if not, we hope you start following his work.  It's incredible!  
Details: http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/festival/
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NEW MUSIC RELEASES

  • Queue - Float Away (Indie Single, RIYL The Cranberries)

  • Flasher - Who’s Got Time? (Rock Single, RIYL Duran Duran)

  • Karen Jonas - The Circus (Country Single, RIYL Brandy Clark)

  • The North Country - Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Rock Single, RIYL OK Go

  • Virginia Creep - Dark Corners EP (3 Song Metal EP, RIYL Jesus Lizard)

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THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Fri Jun 1
Justin Jones @ The Soundry, new venue out in Columbia MD by the same people who did The Hamilton (RIYL Rock)

Sat Jun 2
Karen Jonas Music @ Pearl Street Warehouse (New Album, Country, RIYL Gillian Welch)

Sun Jun 3
Surprise Attack @ The Boomerang Pirate Ship (Funk/Jam Band, RIYL Phish
North Country @ Union Stage (RIYL Rock)


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JDVBBS

Video - Bio - Links - Transcript

JDVBBS's Bio:

JDVBBS

I make Pop/R&B music with hip-hop sensibilities. Imagine Pharrell Williams and Missy Elliot had a baby, Justin Timberlake was his godfather and Kanye West his high school bully.  On stage, I'm a one man band. I recreate my tracks on the fly, live looping bass lines, guitar riffs, beats, grooves and vocal harmonies. It’s production meets performance in a way that’s interactive, improvisational, and impressive AF. Read More

Links:
EPK: http://www.jdvbbs.net/epk
Press: http://www.jdvbbs.net/press
Music: http://smarturl.it/JDVBBS
Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6_cTYvUoPA 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrcWANxWK8I

JDVBBS
JDVBBS

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:               On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. J Dubs makes pop R&B music with hip-hop sensibilities. He describes it by saying, "Imagine Nick Jonas and Kehlani had a baby, Drake was his godfather, and Kanye was his high school bully." It's funny how high school bullies can be so influential.

JDVBBS:            You know?

Brian:               It really is. Onstage, he's a one-man band. He's recreating his tracks on the fly, live-looping basslines, guitar riffs, beats, grooves, and vocal harmonies altogether. It's production meets performance in a way that's interactive, it's improvisational, and, of course, it's freaking impressive. I first came across J Dubs when I started the show. God, it's been at least a year and a half or more since I first stumbled across your music. Ever since ... It was ... "Cinderella" was the track that I ...

JDVBBS:            Oh, yeah. Probably.

Brian:               I'm not going to lie, I totally had that one on repeat for at least a couple weeks. I've been a fanboy for a while so it's a treat for me to now have you here with me on the show. Thanks for being here, man.

JDVBBS:            It's good to be here, man. It's good to be here.

Brian:               This is cool. Now, talk about ... If you're a one-man band, then what's it like when you perform? Talk about that.

JDVBBS:            All right, so here's ... I think it's misleading because I have my laptop on stage and a bunch of gear underneath my laptop, so it looks like I'm a DJ. What I'm doing is all the songs or everything that you hear in the song, that you hear of mine, I'm just reproducing on the fly. With a song like "Wait and See," I'll hit a button and that starts the clock, if you will, so you hear the ticking in the background. I'll play the keys and I'll loop them, and then the keys will loop. Then, I'll sing the background harmonies and then those will loop. Then, I'll play the bassline and all the little ... Like the kick and the snare and all that stuff, and get them programmed where I want them, but I play them all live on stage. You're watching me do that. Then, I start the song and then I'll turn certain things on and off.

Brian:               Oh, I see. That's ... I think many people have seen either guitarists or other people with the looping pedals.

JDVBBS:            Yeah, like Ed Sheeran.

Brian:               They ... It's like the looping pedals kind of look they might have seen before but, for you, it's a laptop and more of a DJ look and set-up, but same concept. You're looping and stuff.

JDVBBS:            Yeah.

Brian:               That's cool, man. How did you come ... How did you start doing that?

JDVBBS:            Well, I have been ... I put out my first single probably four years ago. I've been playing and I've been playing with DJs and it's just ... I think it's difficult to organize things with people. I can just leave it at that. It's difficult to organize things [inaudible 00:02:27].

Brian:               Organize things with people. If I do it all myself, I don't have to organize with people. That's fair. Yeah.

JDVBBS:            If I do it all myself, then I don't ... I was paying for recording space and people weren't showing up. I was paying for rehearsal space and people weren't showing up. I was buying pizza for rehearsal ... That's extra pizza for me so I guess it's a win-win, but ... Or ...

Brian:               That was the one you weren't bitter about. You were bitter about all the other ones.

JDVBBS:            That's the one I wasn't bitter about, but the other stuff ... I'd show up to shows and people were like, "Oh, we have a show today?" I'm like, "Yeah. I'm here. You were supposed to be here an hour ago." That was ... That was straw number one. Straw number two was I had a few exec meetings, A&R meetings with a few mid-tier recording labels and they were like, "You sing good and you rap good but everyone sings good and they rap good, but you also wrote these songs? If you can get this musicianship across in your performances, I think they would really, really, really hit." I was like, "Huh. How would I do that?" I started watching a few videos online of people doing them.

JDVBBS:            A buddy of mine from New York, his name is Mike, he also goes by the band Tall Tall Trees. He's a banjo looper.

Brian:               Oh, man.

JDVBBS:            He does all these things I've never seen anybody do on a banjo. He'll take a violin bow and bow on it and put the effects pedals. It just sounds awesome. He'll take a drum stick and he'll beat on it and it sounds dope. I was like ... I hit him up and asked him a few questions, and I watched a few videos and started buying up some gear. Then, last February was my first looping performance. It was a little rough but we've since ... It was in the beta testing and now I think we're in version one, 1.0, at the moment. I bought up some new stuff. Hopefully, version 2.0 will be coming soon.

Brian:               Got it. There it is. Most of that is contingent ... Do you find it's more contingent on the gear or is it more on ... Is it really you and the amount you've practiced or is it the gear or all of the above or ...

JDVBBS:            I think it's probably ... The tools are only as good as the person who is using the tools, so I think there are a few things here and there that make things a little easier but there isn't anything I think I could buy, gear-wise, that would make ... There's still ... It still takes hours and hours of practice because there's so much stuff going on. It's almost like you're playing for four people, five people, six people sometimes, depending on the song.

Brian:               Right.

JDVBBS:            It's a lot going on, but the learning curve is not as steep because all the sounds that I already made in the song itself already exist, so it's not like I have to ... It's not like ... I'm not covering my own song, per se.

Brian:               I see.

JDVBBS:            All the stuff is already there, I just have to play it correctly.

Brian:               Just have to get it timed right and launched right and all that stuff.

JDVBBS:            Yeah. Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Brian:               Now, where does the name come from?

JDVBBS:            J Dubbs is probably 50% what my friends called me in high school, or J Dubb, JK Dubb. I was ... I went to high school in the early 2000s and that was when the J.Lo phase was rampant. You would take the first letter of someone's name and then however you decided to pronounce their last name. It's what you would run with.

Brian:               Got it.

JDVBBS:            In college, people called me Juicy J, which is a rapper in a group called Three 6 Mafia so I couldn't ...

Brian:               Okay, I was going to say. Juicy J, I know that name. All right. Got you.

JDVBBS:            It wasn't something I could by and so that's what I ended up defaulting to, J Dubbs. It was just with a U before I started really taking it seriously, that my mom calls me one day, trying to boot up Netflix on our Xbox, and my Xbox gamer tag had it spelled with a V. It's been that way for as long as I've had an Xbox gamer tag and I was like, "Oh." She heard me gasp on the phone. I was like ... She was like, "What even?" I was like, "I ... It's just a little bit of an epiphany that I had." That's kind of what it's been since 2014, 2013 maybe.

Brian:               Oh. It was your mom booting up Netflix on the game ...

JDVBBS:            On the Xbox, yeah.

Brian:               On the Xbox that gave you your artist name.

JDVBBS:            Yeah.

Brian:               Oh, my God. That's an amazing artist story. I hear so many great ... I love the story behind artist names because sometimes they're so funny, and that one is hilarious. Thanks, mom, for the artist.

JDVBBS:            Yeah. It's a little ridiculous.

Brian:               That's how ... That's ... Oh, god. That's amazing.

JDVBBS:            The girl did the logo and made it ... It seemed like we put so much more thought into it. She sent me maybe three different mock-ups and I was like, "That one. This one works." It looks nice and clean and professional, fits in a lot of places.

Brian:               Now ... If you don't know, when you spell it, It's J-D-V instead of the U, so if you're [crosstalk 00:06:44] J-D-V-B-B-S. That's JDVBBS.

JDVBBS:            Yes. Yes. Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Brian:               There we go. What ... Describe your connection to the DC's ... You're in Arlington now, you mentioned earlier. You moved to Arlington. You've lived all over the place. What's your DC ... What parts of DC are you connected to?

JDVBBS:            I probably connect myself best to Fairfax County because that's where I grew up, that's where I can drive around without my GPS.

Brian:               Got it. I guess that's really a status nowadays, is where can you drive where you know the roads so well that you don't need GPS.

JDVBBS:            That you don't need GPS. Reston, Virginia, for sure.

Brian:               Okay.

JDVBBS:            It's probably what I connect to best. I lived in DC for a little bit. I lived in ...

Brian:               What schools did you go to out there?

JDVBBS:            I went to South Lakes High School and I went to Herndon High School, which is kind of a ...

Brian:               Oh, the rivalry. Okay.

JDVBBS:            Yeah, they're rivals, so I went to ... My older brother went to South Lakes for all four years and my younger brother went to Herndon for all four years. We moved in the middle of my high school tenure and my mom was like, "I'm not driving you to South Lakes every day. We live right down the street from Herndon High School. You're going to finish your senior year."

Brian:               Oh, man, so you moved in your senior year.

JDVBBS:            It was just one year, it was my senior year. We campaigned real heavy for me to keep going to South Lakes. It did not go down that way.

Brian:               Oh, wow. There we go. I love it. Now, what's your earliest memory with music?

JDVBBS:            My earliest memory that is tangible ... My mom used to record these cassette tapes of us just hanging around the house, listening to tunes. Not necessarily recording the tapes off the radio, but it's us listening to the radio. My earliest, I think, most tangible memory is listening to Onyx "Slam," like "[hums 00:08:20] Let the boys be boys." There's a tape somewhere at my house of me, four years old, singing along with that. That song and ... My little brother's name is Chris. I would sing to Kris Kross a lot and the little call and response, so I'd try to get him to say the lyrics with me.

Brian:               Warm it up, Kris. I'm about to do. Warm it up, Kris, just was I was born to do.

JDVBBS:            Yeah, exactly. Warm it up, Kris.

Brian:               Yeah. Oh, I remember.

JDVBBS:            Those are probably the two most tangible, my first, first musical memories.

Brian:               Oh, that's fun. Oh, I love it, man. Now, what about you on the personal side? Outside of music, what kind of hobbies are you in your personal time? What do you do?

JDVBBS:            I am a big NBA fan. I am not ...

Brian:               Well, there's a lot going on with that right now. Or you don't have a stake in it.

JDVBBS:            There's a lot ... I don't have a ... I'm a Chicago Bulls fan, so, no, not really.

Brian:               Oh, I see.

JDVBBS:            We're probably going to be ... I wouldn't say bottom-feeders, but we're going to be looking through the windowpane of the glass to the playoffs. We're not going to be in the back where we can't see it but it's going to be a while until it works out in our favor.

Brian:               Yeah.

JDVBBS:            I think it ... As a product, there's a lot of good players and a lot of people say that a lot of teams are stacked, this, that, and the third, but it's a lot of good talent in the NBA. I think the NBA playoffs were fantastic to watch this year. It sucks that they're going to end in a little bit.

JDVBBS:            I'm also a big tennis fan, and the French Open just started so I spend most of my day doing that.

Brian:               Wow. Do you play these sports, too, or do you just watch them?

JDVBBS:            I ... In high school, I had to make a decision, and I was never really good enough at basketball for me to even ... I probably wouldn't have played Varsity basketball in high school. I got out of football really, really early. I played on the same team, on the same Little League football team, as Eddie Royal, who is a receiver in the NFL, and so nobody else ever got to touch the ball ever. I was like, "Nah, I'm good. I don't need to play that sport anymore." I played one organized season of it and that's ... Both my brothers played in high school and I was like, "Nah, I'm good. I'm straight. If I'm going to have to compete against that guy, it's not going down."

Brian:               Oh, [crosstalk 00:10:07]. Yeah. Okay. Yeah, yeah. It's not ... I'm good, but I'm not that good. Okay.

JDVBBS:            I'm not that good.

Brian:               Yeah.

JDVBBS:            Also, I take my Mario Karting very seriously.

Brian:               Oh, stop it. For real?

JDVBBS:            If you're listening and you want smoke, it doesn't matter what ...

Brian:               Can I get in on this?

JDVBBS:            I'm ... GameCube, the double dash, I'm not as good at, but N64, I'm the king. Ask the kids in my dorm, James Madison University. I used to run it.

Brian:               Is it GameCube or is it N64? Oh, my God. I take this challenge. Jeremy, I take this challenge, man, because I used to run it when I was younger, as well, man.

JDVBBS:            All right. Cool. [inaudible 00:10:41] N64 at my house. I know we have a Super Nintendo at my house. I'm not as good at the one in Super Nintendo.

Brian:               This is ... Okay. Let's make it happen. All right. I was going to say, Super Nintendo ...

JDVBBS:            The latest one on the Nintendo Switch, I am very, very good at it.

Brian:               That's amazing. All right, so Mario Kart. Listen. Bring it. Bring it when you see JDVBBS next time.

JDVBBS:            Yes. When you see me in the streets, let's do it.

Brian:               He's game. A good friendly rivalry will be happening, and I'm going to fuel this rivalry because, oh, yeah, it's on. That one and GoldenEye. Those are the two that I can ... I can talk some smack.

JDVBBS:            GoldenEye, I wasn't as ... GoldenEye, I was [neh 00:11:07].

Brian:               Yeah.

JDVBBS:            I could hold my own.

Brian:               Right. Yeah. I got you.

JDVBBS:            I wasn't going to be the first one to die but I wasn't going to be the last one, for sure.

Brian:               There we go. Oh, my God. It's so good. All right, so a little bit of gaming and a little bit of sports going on.

JDVBBS:            Yeah.

Brian:               I love it, man. Now, what about ... What's ... Biggest success moment that comes to mind?

JDVBBS:            Biggest success ... I just finished a tour. I got home in April. It was one of ... I've only been on tour maybe twice, maybe twice, because I don't know if the first one really counts. It was a little bit of a struggle. The biggest success that comes to mind, performance-wise, is probably ... I did a show at Washington University in St. Louis. It was the first time I'd ever been to St. Louis. I didn't get to see enough of it but that's kind of what happens when you're on the road.

Brian:               [crosstalk 00:11:51] on tour.

JDVBBS:            I started playing my first single ever, it's called "War Paint," and I started the ... I started all my sets on tour with that. Right from when the claps started going, all these college kids came and rushed the stage and they're singing the words. I'm like ... It's the first time ... I'd probably done maybe five or six college shows by that point on the tour and it hadn't quite happened yet. It was definitely a win over crowd and, from when the beat dropped, I was like, "Oh, my gosh." I took some time from the loop station and filmed the kids because I was like, "People won't believe me, that this is actually happening. I need to have this memory in my pocket at all times."

Brian:               Yes.

JDVBBS:            That's probably the biggest ... That's the most rockstar I think I've ever felt on stage.

Brian:               That's amazing.

JDVBBS:            There were like ... It was probably 1,000 people at the show. It was crazy.

Brian:               That was in Missouri, [inaudible 00:12:34]?

JDVBBS:            Yeah.

Brian:               God, so a bunch of people you've never seen. You've never been out there.

JDVBBS:            Never seen. Never been out ...

Brian:               They all know your music and they know the words.

JDVBBS:            Yeah. Invited a bunch of them on stage to come perform with me. It was a blast.

Brian:               That's awesome, man. I love that. Now, by the flip moment, then, what's the funniest moment that comes to mind from performing?

JDVBBS:            What's the funniest moment?

Brian:               Yeah, funniest moment.

JDVBBS:            Huh. I was doing a show, and this will probably lead in great with what we're going to play next.

Brian:               Okay.

JDVBBS:            I was doing a show in Richmond with some friends and this band called Red Gold Green. It was the first ... I'd played some shows with them way back in the day but it was the first show as JDVBBS. I did my own original stuff. The show ... It was maybe a Wednesday or a Thursday and it was an earlier show. My DJ, I just ... It was a kid that I knew from Richmond but I had never really, really performed with him, so I gave him a JDVBBS shirt so he could rep the brand.

JDVBBS:            He was DJing before the show starts and the booker for the show ... I went to ... I was supposed to go on at 7:20. 7:35 comes around and people are just really starting to come in. I was like, "Hey, what time am I supposed to be on stage?" He was like, "Oh, no, that's your set. Aren't you on stage right now? That guy has a shirt that says JDVBBS so I figured ..." I didn't even let him finish ... Didn't even let him finish his words. Ran on stage. I was supposed to have 20 minute set. I probably did eight or nine minutes.

Brian:               Ran on stage. Oh, my God.

JDVBBS:            Ran on stage and I was like, "Hey, I'm going to do half of four songs. Please hang out and have a blast." I ripped through my set in eight minutes and I was super-worried, super-frantic. I could see that the guy was going to be mad and he made it seem like he was going to cut the mic but everyone was enjoying themselves and so it was like ... I took it out on a risk. He's like ... After the ... After I got off stage, he's yelling at me in one ear but my merch table was mobbed and I'm like, "This was the right choice, man. This is crazy." It's always funny that ... Normally, those things are just a mess and it's always a cluster F, if you will. I would rather ... It normally doesn't work out where it's something you can laugh about later, but it was really, really funny, I think, at the moment.

Brian:               Yeah. Now, my favorite question to ask, and I always ask it, is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

JDVBBS:            If I could offer one piece of advice, it would be to write something hilarious on your tech rider.

Brian:               What does that mean?

JDVBBS:            Like, super detailed and specific. A tech rider is if you go and play a venue, they're like, "Hey, what are your sound needs?"

Brian:               Okay.

JDVBBS:            I always give them a stage plot. I'm like, "Hey, I need these two chords to go into my system and that's it," and I have ... I [crosstalk 00:15:06] my own mics and everything.

Brian:               You have the simplest plot, yeah, yeah, yeah.

JDVBBS:            I always am like ... I always want to know what wireless stuff they have, what kind of speakers they have, and what I write on mine is, "I want to ... Also, if you happen to have a green room," and most people don't do this. One ... The Howard Theater has done it for me. No one else has does this. I write, "I need strawberry cheesecake Ben & Jerry's ice cream in my green room," because, if it happens, then you know they read your whole tech rider and everything is going to sound the way that you think it's going to be sound.

Brian:               Yeah.

JDVBBS:            But, if it doesn't happen, then you never know what you're going to get into.

Brian:               Yeah, this is true. [crosstalk 00:15:40].

JDVBBS:            For real. That's the ... It seems like a little bit of a snooty advice but stay true to it because that's how you know ...

Brian:               That's how you know whether they read it or not.

JDVBBS:            That's how you know if the promoter is going to give you the cash on the spot or a check or if they're doing to duck you. Every single thing that's going to go wrong, you can tell by how in depth they read your tech rider before you got there.

Brian:               There you go. How prepared they are. Now, one more time for those folks who want to find and follow you and what you're doing, where do they go?

JDVBBS:            Instagram, I think, is probably where I'm most active right now. I've been doing ... I've been trying to get the angles right on my selfies and things like that. Yeah, @JDVBBS everywhere. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. I just deleted SnapChat because I think I waste my time on it.

Brian:               Fair. Yeah.

JDVBBS:            www.jdvbbs.net, jdvbbs@gmail.com. If you just type in J-D-V-B-B-S, you will probably find me.

Brian:               It's all JDVBBS.

5/22/18 - Special Guest: Dustin, Talent Buyer for Hill Country, BBQ & Music Venue In DC

Thanks to Dustin from Hill Country, the BBQ Restaurant and Live Music Venue in Penn Quarter in Downtown DC, for hanging out with us in the studio this week!  Loved the story about the name!

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  1. ***Void, by Wandering Lies (Rock, Melodic Rock)

  2. Right by Her, FeelFree (Reggae, Alternative Rock)

  3. ***Buddy Love, by Jumpin' Jupiter (Rock, Rockabilly)

  4. ***Drinkin, by The 5:55 (Rock, Indie Rock)

  5. Told You What To Say, by Paperhaus (Indie, Alternative)

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NEW MUSIC RELEASES

  • Empresarios - Cambumbeo (4 Song Latin EP, RIYL Pitbull)

  • Luke James Shaffer - How Sweet The Sound (Indie Single, RIYL Mumford & Sons)

  • Clutch - Gimme The Keys (Hard Rock Single, RIYL Led Zeppelin

  • Handsome Hound - Mountain on Fire (Folk 10-song LP, RIYL Shovels & Rope)

  • Caz Gardiner - Stop (Pop/Reggae Single, RIYL Sharon Jones)

  • Odetta Hartman - Misery (Indie Single, RIYL Bjork)

  • Ras Slick - Late Night (Reggae Single, RIYL Wayne Wonder)

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THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
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PERSONAL NOTE FROM BRIAN:  I would really love a chance to meet some of you in person!  I'm playing Union Stage with my band, Fellowcraft, on Saturday 5/26, I go on right at 6:15pm. Details are below, it will be an epic rock show, especially if you like Soundgarden, AC/DC, Alice In Chains, The Black Keys, or Foo Fighters.  Hope you’ll come spend some time down at DC’s waterfront! It’s beautiful if you haven’t been!
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Fri May 25
Be Steadwell @ 9:30 Club (Pop, RIYL Sade/Joni Mitchell)

Sat May 26  **Brian, the Host of DC Music Rocks will be behind the drums with Fellowcraft for this one!!  Come say hi!**
Black Dog Prowl, Fellowcraft, Stone Driver @ Union Stage *Early Show, doors at 5:30pm* (Hard Rock, RIYL Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, The Black Keys)

Sun May 27
Human Country Jukebox @ Pearl Street Warehouse (Country, RIYL a live country music Jukebox)

Wed May 30
Jackie & The Treehorns & Nah. @ DC9 (Rock/Indie, RIYL Queens of the Stone Age or Courtney Barnett

Thurs May 31
The Coolots @ Union Stage (Rock, RIYL 311)


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Dustin, Talent Buyer for Hill Country

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Dustin's Bio:

Dustin Pet

In 2008, Dustin Pet left Maryland to attend Johnson and Wales University Denver campus to study culinary science. While attending college, he worked at Moe’s Original Barbeque Restaurant, Music Venue and Bowling alley as a pitmaster and line cook. During his time at Moe’s, he soon learned he had both a passion for music and food leading him to switch his major to Sports Events and Entertainment Management.  While attending classes, he interned and worked for Denver’s Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom and the world-famous Comedy Works Denver. After graduating from Johnson and Wales University, Dustin moved back to his home state of Maryland and started working for Rams Head Center Stage at Maryland Live! Casino as an entertainment representative. At the same time, he started his first production and entertainment company, where he booked shows with national and local artists in Baltimore venues also working with non-profit organizations and managed artists. From there he became a talent buyer for Gypsy Sally’s DC. Dustin’s motivation is a direct result of his passion for putting on great live music and combining his background in culinary science together with music. If he had one song on repeat while stuck in an elevator he would pick "Drivin' Nails In My Coffin" by Ernest Tubb. Dustin believes that “Great music and delicious food is medicine for the masses”. 

Links:
https://hillcountry.com/dc/
https://www.facebook.com/hillcountrylive/
https://www.instagram.com/hillcountrylive/

 

Dustin Pet
Dustin Pet

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:               On D.C. Music Rocks we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the D.C. Region's local music scene. In 2008, Dustin Pet left Maryland to attend Johnson & Wales University, Denver Campus. While attending college, he worked at Moe's Original Bar B Que restaurant, music venue, and bowling alley, as a pit master and a line cook. That's where he learned he had a passion for music and food. After graduating, Dustin moved back home to Maryland and started working at Rams Head Center Stage at Maryland Live Casino as an entertainment representative. At the same time he started his first production in an entertainment company where he booked shows with national and local acts in Baltimore venues. From there, he became the talent buyer for Gypsy Sally's, and how he's at Hill Country. Dustin believes that great must and delicious food is medicine for the masses, which that really speaks to my heart, sir. I love that man. Thanks so much for being here man.

Dustin:             Oh, thank you.

Brian:               This is cool, now, one thing, so right off the bat I want to know about Hill Country. Where's the name come from?

Dustin:             Well it's based off of the Hill Country in Texas, which is the region around the capital, which is Austin, Texas.

Brian:               Got it, and that's call the Hill Country, is the area around Austin?

Dustin:             That area and just generally just all around Austin based in the radius area.

Brian:               I see.

Dustin:             Yeah.

Brian:               That's the Hill Country.

Dustin:             The name, man.

Brian:               God I've always wondered. It's the Hill Country in Texas, around Austin. Now I feel like ... that's a mind blown moment for me. I'm like, wow, I get it now. Cool. Golly. Now talk about your earliest memory with music. Where does this come from, where does this start for you?

Dustin:             Well, you know when I was a kid, my dad took me to see the recreation of the Grateful Dead called The Dead, at Merriweather. I must have been 11 or 12 years old. All I could remember was, "I don't want to be here. Who are these strange people? Get me out of here. When is this show going be over? Why is it lasting four hours long?"

Brian:               Yeah.

Dustin:             I left the experience with my brother being like, "That was actually really fun." I started dancing, you know? I enjoyed it. I always played music as a kid as well.

Brian:               Nice, what did you play?

Dustin:             I started playing the saxophone, and then I ventured into guitar, then I ventured into the bass guitar, a little dobra, now I just strum the guitar.

Brian:               Wait a minute, if they don't know what a dobra is, describe that.

Dustin:             Well, it's a very complicated instrument that you put on your lap, and you use a metal component to it, that's a slide, and you slide, and it's used a lot in bluegrass music.

Brian:               Oh, so this is that it almost looks like a maybe on your lap, but some people have it set up as a table.

Dustin:             Well that's a lap steel.

Brian:               That's a lap steel which is different than a dobra.

Dustin:             Correct.

Brian:               All right, so you're going to have to Google this if you're really interested and get a picture ... that way you can get a picture of what a dobra is. Spell that.

Dustin:             D-O-B-R-A.

Brian:               Dobra, got it.

Brian:               You're from Maryland. Describe where you from in the D.C. region. Talk about that.

Dustin:             I grew up in Columbia. Just a little bit further away from Columbia. Right around Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Brian:               Got it. When you say grew up, that means born and raised, been there all your life until college, when you went to Denver?

Dustin:             Mm-hmm, born and raised until seventeen, and then moved to Colorado for about eight years.

Brian:               Wow, so you were there longer than just college, you stuck around a little bit?

Dustin:             I stuck around, I didn't want to leave.

Brian:               You got all that pit barbecue, and the music.

Dustin:             Oh man I also worked at a comedy club too. So I was just living it up with entertainment, my friends were also working for concert venues, it was just a onslaught of free entertainment. So every night was something.

Brian:               God, I love it. Now talk about you on the personal side. Outside of all this music stuff, what other things are you into?

Dustin:             I'm actually really into going to new nature areas where there's trails. I usually go by myself, I crank some tunes up and I walk and I just discover nature.

Brian:               Wow, that's amazing, and what kind of music are you listening to when you're cranking those tunes?

Dustin:             Oh man, that's a tough question.

Brian:               Yeah?

Dustin:             I gotta be honest, I have a lot of pride in new bookings that I do at Hill Country or whatever it is that I'm booking at the time, and so I start to obsess about some of the artists that I book and I venture really deep into their discography. That's what I'm usually cranking.

Brian:               I see, okay.

Dustin:             I make a little Spotify playlist.

Brian:               All their other stuff that they've got?

Dustin:             Yeah, the stuff that wasn't the million hits song.

Brian:               Right, the one with the fewer plays, one of the B-Side tracks, what they used to call it in the old days. That's amazing. So, funniest moment that comes to mind when you're thinking about your time specifically at Hill Country.

Dustin:             At Hill Country? Something that's really funny is pretty much like a Texas singer-songwriter legend, his name is John D. Graham, he showed up to the gig about fifteen minutes late, but it wasn't really that late, you know, and he was so-

Brian:               Wait, what does that mean? So the gig started at 8:00 and he showed up at 8:15?

Dustin:             He showed up a little bit after the doors, so sound-checking wasn't an option, it was only line-checking.

Brian:               Oh, okay.

Dustin:             Yeah, he was super apologetic about it, I became kinda good friends with this guy and he left me a note on the wall in the greenroom, and he makes children's books on the side, and he drew like a polar-bear-looking bear, and he wrote on there "I never miss a gig unless I'm in the hospital or I'm in jail. Love, pretty much, John D. Graham."

Brian:               So did you find out whether he was in the hospital or in jail?

Dustin:             Oh no, he made it to the gig.

Brian:               Oh this was just straight up canceling?

Dustin:             He just wanted to reiterate that even if he was fifteen minutes late that he apologized, and that if he was ever to miss any gig I ever booked it would be those two reasons.

Brian:               Okay. Got it.

Dustin:             And that he would pin it on the wall so that I would have it later.

Brian:               That way you could always reference it later.

Dustin:             My boss framed it, it's on the wall downstairs in the club level at Hill Country, so you can go up and see it at any time.

Brian:               That's hilarious. Now, you talked about the different things that you do because it's come up in conversation that you do some managing of artists, but then you're booking at Hill Country, so talk about the different aspects of Dustin.

Dustin:             First hand, I'm talent buyer, I'm booking for Hill Country Live, D.C. and Manhattan.

Brian:               Wait, there's more than one location?

Dustin:             There's two locations, friends, so if you're ever in New York City, and you need a place to see either some really awesome live music that could be free, could be ticketed, but for the most part free, come on down.

Brian:               Wow, Hill Country. So it's a basement venue here, in D.C., you walk into Hill Country and go downstairs, is it the same thing in New York?

Dustin:             Same model, but bigger.

Brian:               Bigger?

Dustin:             Yeah.

Brian:               Okay, next time I'm in New York, I'm gonna have to check out Hill Country. So you do booking, I'm sorry I got totally distracted by the fact that there's now two locations, my mind is blown at the moment, so there's some talent buying for there, and then what else?

Dustin:             I'm also managing a couple bands, and I also do some freelance work, I help people out who need guidance, and I sometimes donate my time for the most part, but I'm managing a Brass band out of Brooklyn named High & Mighty Brass Band. I'm managing a bluegrass/newgrass band out of Baltimore named the Dirty Grass Players, FeelFree, which we were just talking about. I also help out an Almond Brothers tribute, called the Almond Others Band.

Brian:               Wow. And when you say managing, if people don't know what that means, what does that actually mean on a day-to-day basis?

Dustin:             It's kind of like you have five full grown babies that you're taking care of.

Brian:               Oh, so it's like being a father? I see.

Dustin:             It's like being a father to a bunch of people who may be older than you, younger than you, all walks of life, and you're controlling a lot of e-mails.

Brian:               So what on Earth made you want to do that? I'm not sure if you don't have a kid already, I'm not sure I would sign up for multiple babies. I don't know, tell me more.

Dustin:             I guess passion, man, I just-

Brian:               You love the music that they're making?

Dustin:             I like the human spirit behind them, and the music they're making, and they push me to do things that I wouldn't do and pull my hair out sometimes, get a phone call at two in the morning, "Hey we're playing a gig in the mud, and I dunno if we're getting paid," you know, bad stuff.

Brian:               So that means you're the guy who, as the manager then ... you are doing the booking, or you're not doing the booking? For the band, or is that something else?

Dustin:             So the Dirty Grass Players, the High & Mighty Brass Band, they both have booking agents currently, national booking agents. FeelFree, they're independent, I help them out a little bit, but I'm teaching them, and then Almond Others is kind of the same thing, they're very local. They're trying to get out a little more, so if you live in a different town and know anybody and love Almond Brothers, figure out a way to get a hold of me.

Brian:               So I'm trying to figure out then is what you're doing for the bands as the manager, then.

Dustin:             Everything from advancing every show that they play to marketing on their Facebook, updating their websites, making sure they're making music videos, discussing strategy about how can we get our name out there further into different markets that we're trying to perform at. It's a endless list of tasks honestly, and I didn't realize it until I got knee deep in it.

Brian:               There's like a constant checklist of things you need, and you mentioned music videos, why are music videos important?

Dustin:             It represents what your band is, and what you're trying to display to the world, and why can people relate to you.

Brian:               Oh, so it's that visual piece? It's not just the music, it's like, oh here's these guys.

Dustin:             Yeah, it's "hey who is this band? FeelFree. What's the next FeelFree music video?" I'm not gonna tell you, but it's gonna happen.

Brian:               Nice. Well I'll make sure we share it whenever that does happen, 'cause I'm excited about it. Their first videos I really enjoyed. I follow them on YouTube too, and I've enjoyed what they've got so far, so that's a sign of things to come, you're teasing me now. I love it, alright. Now, one of my favorite questions that I always have to ask, is that if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Dustin:             For band?

Brian:               In general, however you wanna answer the question.

Dustin:             Work harder, and then when you think you're tired, work a little harder.

Brian:               Okay, say more, what does that mean exactly, like just do more, or? I feel like that could be spinning your wheels or what?

Dustin:             Put more energy out, man. Put some more energy out into the world, that's what I think. I think a lot of people want to achieve a lot in their life, but they're not putting the energy to do that.

Brian:               I see.

Dustin:             I'm a person who believes in the idea of what you put out is what you get.

Brian:               Got it, alright it's that hustle. Bring on that hustle. Now, one other fun question, then. Talk about your biggest success moment, that comes to your mind in your career talent buyer-wise. What comes to mind when you think about that?

Dustin:             I would actually have to say the time I booked my Colorado legend band. Leftover Salmon at Sally's. Definitely. I remember when I booked that, I literally threw paper up in the air, I was like, "It's happening, Leftover Salmon's coming to town at Gypsy Sally's." It's just an honor to book a band that I've seen at Red Rocks.

Brian:               Nice, that is cool. Was anyone around to see you throw paper? Is this like in the middle of an office with a few other people, or is it in a room by yourself?

Dustin:             There was one other person in the room. The other booker there.

Brian:               So there's more than one?

Dustin:             There is. I think there's more than one now.

Brian:               What's the team like at Hill Country?

Dustin:             I have a boss in New York, his name is Seth Rothschild, he's awesome. He comes to D.C. here, there. I'm gonna go up to New York, for the most part I work with a bunch of restaurant managers, and I'm a talent buyer, so it's a different situation than I thought when I got in there, but I love it and all the people that I work for are some of the nicest people I've ever worked with.

Brian:               That's been the really funny thing- funny's the wrong word, really fun thing that I've discovered working in the local music scene is that there's so many amazing people in the scene. It's one of the reasons I love having you on the show and I always have different people on the show, it's not just artists right? There's so many people behind the music scene, and I love getting to know those people, because they're some of the most amazing, salt of the Earth, nice people. It makes sense that your coworkers at this place are also really awesome people, because you're an awesome person, and we got everybody together, that's just cool to me.

Dustin:             Yeah, it's kinda like the Brady Bunch.

Brian:               It's one big happy family. Yep, there we go, the Brady Bunch, I'm gonna try not to get the song stuck in my- if you're listening, do not get the song stuck in your head. Don't do it. Don't do it. So, one more time, for those folks who wanna follow you and find out what's happening at Hill Country and all that information, where's the best place for them to go find that?

Dustin:             You can either go to the Facebook, which is Hill Country Live, or you can go to www.hillcountry.com/dc, for the D.C. venue, and if you by chance are in New York or have friends, www.hillcountry.com/ny.

Brian:               It's either D.C. or NY, we're talking about D.C. on this one, so hillcountry.com/dc, and you'll check out the work that Dustin's doing, setting up amazing shows. And the type of shows they'll see at Hill Country are?

Dustin:             We go all over the place, Americana, Folk, Honky-Tonk, Bluegrass, Alt. Country. Like I mentioned I had an all Metal tribute to the Bee Gees called Tragedy.

Brian:               So basically, if you ever thought Cowboy boots were cool, everything about Hill Country you're gonna love?

Dustin:             Pretty much, yeah. To a T.

Brian:               That's amazing. I love it.

5/15/18 - Special Guest: Frankie from Girls Rock! DC

Thanks to Frankie V from Girls Rock! DC for hanging out with us in the studio this week!  We love the work they're doing and are happy a portion of the proceeds from this year's 9:30 Club DC Music Rocks Festival is going to support the work they're doing!

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Girls Rock! DC

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Girls Rock! DC's Bio:

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Girls Rock! DC

With a base in music education, Girls Rock! DC aims to create a supportive, inclusive, and creative space for girls, non-binary, and trans youth of varying racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds; abilities; identities; and experiences to develop their self-confidence, build community, stand up, and rock out!

Following in the footsteps of girls rock camps across the United States, Girls Rock! DC was founded in October 2007 by an all-volunteer collective of DC metro area musicians, teachers, artists and community organizers. We build upon our diverse experiences and musical backgrounds, connections to local youth, and approaches to grassroots organizing to create a week-long day camp, for Washington, D.C. area girls ages 8-18, as well as an after school program. 

During the week, campers receive small-group instruction on electric guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, turntables, digital music, or vocals; form bands, and collaborate to write an original song or DJ set, which they perform at a showcase at the end of the week. Campers also learn about the history of women in rock, gender and cultural identity, ways to dismantle systems of oppression, band merchandise and promotion, conflict resolution and other skills young folks need to take over the world of music! The 2018 Summer Camp will take place at E.L. Haynes July 9-13, and culminate with our big showcase Saturday, July 14 at the 9:30 Club

Links:

WEBSITE www.girlsrockdc.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/GirlsRockDC

INSTAGRAM https://www.instagram.com/girlsrockdc

 

Girls Rock! DC
Girls Rock! DC

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:   With me on the show today is Frankie from Girls Rock! DC. Say hi, Frankie.

Frankie V:   Hi. Thanks so much for having me.

Brian:   Yeah, thanks for being here. Now, for those ... If they don't know, what ... I tell you what. You know, I got this little intro. How about we just do this the right way? So, I'm going to introduce you, and then I'm going to have you tell us all about you. So, on DCMusicRocks.com, we are shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. With a base in music education, Girls Rock! DC aims to create a supportive, inclusive, and creative space for girls, non-binary, and trans youth of varying racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic status to develop their self-confidence, build community, stand up, and rock out. If you caught all that, that was a lot. But they are very inclusive of all the backgrounds, abilities, identities, and experiences. So, it's a very welcoming environment that they've created.

    Following in the footsteps of Girls Rock! camps across the U.S., Girls Rock! DC was founded in October of 2007 by an all-volunteer collective of DC metro area musicians, teachers, artists, and community organizers. So, they create a week-long day camp for Washington DC area girls age 8 to 18, as well as they have an after school program. So, the 2018 summer camp will take place July 9th to 13th and will culminate with a big showcase Saturday, July 14th, at the 9:30 Club.

     So basically, that gives you a little piece of it, but now, Frankie, now you can tell us all about it. Thanks for being here. This is cool. How did you get involved in Girls Rock! DC?

Frankie V:   Well, I moved to DC about, I don't know, four years ago. I'm a Brooklyn-based musician by heart. So, when I moved to DC, it was winter, as winters can be pretty rough here, and I was just looking for some like-minded people that I could talk to, that we were on the same kind of wavelength, we believed in the same kind of things, and my bass player back home in Brooklyn said, "You know what? My friend started this organization a couple years back called Girls Rock! DC. Maybe check it out."

 I went on the website. I reached out. I shot an email, and I got an email back, and they said, "Hey, we are usually a summer camp, but right now, we're doing an after school program for the first time." I came down, I checked it out, and I've been hooked ever since.

Brian:   Nice. What did you do? So, you checked it out, and what did you discover when you checked it out?

Frankie V:   Oh my God. It was amazing. The thing that really, really caught me and kind of latched me in was the sense of community that they had. The amount of resources and just institutional knowledge that everybody was sharing from ... I needed a place to live. Somebody knew of an organization that could help me find a place to live. I needed a band. I was looking for a band when I came here. You know, traveling to New York was very far. They helped me with that. The community aspect was really, really huge. Then to be able to work with youth, that was just something I never thought I would ever do, but seeing those kids' faces and seeing the change in them really, really hooked me.

Brian:   Wow. So now, expand on the two ... So, there seems to be two things here. There's a summer camp, and there's an after school program. So, talk about those.

Frankie V:   Yeah. So, Girls Rock! started as a summer camp. One singular person decided to do a thing in their bedroom, and it blew up to this ... Now we have about 60 campers per summer. It's a five-day camp. Kids come in. First day of camp, they don't know each other. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. Often they don't even know how to play an instrument. They've never seen a drum set or a guitar. We teach them the basics of the instrument. We teach them how to create their own songs. At the end of the week, they play a showcase at the 9:30 Club.

 In between that learning music and getting to know each other, we also teach them some social justice stuff, some racial equality things, how to just be a good friend and a good human all around. So, it's a killer camp.

Brian:   Yeah. And more on that ... Say a little more on that too. So, when you're teaching them, does that mean there's classroom time where you've got a slideshow or something, or you're reading, or what is that like?

Frankie V:   Yeah. So, first and foremost, we always lead by example. Our band instructors, and coaches, and volunteers really represent the community that we're serving. We have folks from all walks of life, all socioeconomic backgrounds, and it really mirrors the kids that we're serving. In between, they'll have ... Let's say, they'll do their instrument instruction during the day. So, they go to guitar instruction, and then have lunch, and then at the end of the day, they'll go to a workshop catered to their age group on different topics from healthy relationships all the way to how to be a great showman.

Brian:   Wow. How did it start? Because it seems like it didn't start as a five-day camp and a 9:30 Club show. It had to have ... So, how did it start, and how did it evolve?

Frankie V:   It started with an idea of just, how to bring this kind of thing that some of us have never had in our youth, how do we bring this to kids? They worked out eventually how to do a summer camp. It started out as just a five-day camp with about 20 kids. They did, I think the first showcase, you know, through DC networks, and the organization was founded with DC musicians, and just networking. 9:30 Club has always actually given us the space. So, it's been 11 years now.

Brian:   That's amazing. I mean, I definitely ... Now I'm sitting here, and I'm thinking, all right, so what makes this a little special compared to another summer camp that parents could send their kids to? It's obviously, playing the 9:30 Club would be a big one. That's a huge, "Wow, that's cool." So, there's that-

Frankie V:   My band would never play there.

Brian:   Right? I was going to say, there's a lot of bands that work a long time to play that stage, and you get to do it as a kid. That's awesome.

Frankie V:   It's pretty cool.

Brian:   So, there's that. But talk about what else is special compared to other summer camps?

Frankie V:   I think what's really special is the kids really learn how to be good citizens in their communities. They learn how to ... what's really necessary to build a good foundation within their communities. They build amazing relationships with each other. Maybe a kid from, you know, Northwest would never get to meet a kid from Southeast, but here, they do. It's really the great equalizer. Music is always the best thing that just unites everybody.

Brian:   Absolutely. So, they're learning instruments, and social aspects, God, that is so cool.

Frankie V:   Yeah.

Brian:   Now, the story behind the name, Girls Rock! DC. Where does that come from?

Frankie V:   Well, Girls Rock! started actually as a movement that came out of the Riot grrrl movement in the early 2000s. It started in the West Coast.

Brian:   What's the Riot grrrl movement? Say more on that.

Frankie V:   Ah, so the Riot grrrl ... Yeah. So, Riot grrrl movement kind of ... The short, short story of is a second-wave feminist movement that was really based in music. A lot of folks, you know ... Bikini Kill is one of the more famous of the bands and really was the front runner of the whole movement. Other bands like Huggy Bear, and different bands from DC, and Portland, Seattle, really noticed, I mean, most of the music that's ... I mean, still to this day, most of the music, most of the things you see in your everyday life are very male-dominated, especially white-male-dominated. So, these women said, "Enough is enough. We're creating spaces for women like us," and really pulling women to the front of these male-dominated aspects.

Brian:   Got it. So, Riot grrrl was really just about, "Down with the patriarchy," or like, "Let's empower the women in this."

Frankie V:   Yeah. Equality and bringing people on the same level. [crosstalk 00:08:23].

Brian:   Got it. And so then from that, Girls Rock!, it's always been a camp?

Frankie V:   Yeah. So, those folks said, "Hey, we want to give back to our community because that's the most important thing. We need to lay the groundwork for the future, and that is within our youth." So, they created a camp solely for girls that was based in music. That's always been the kind of thing. Then by way of mouth, you know, bands touring with each other and saying, "Hey, you know, my friend started this thing. We call it Girls Rock! wherever. Girls Rock! Seattle, Girls Rock! Oregon." Then folks in DC were like, "Hey, that's a really great idea. I want to do that in my community, in New York." Now, it's a worldwide organization.

Brian:   That's amazing. So, all over the world, girls are going to camp, they're learning about instruments, and social justice, and all that stuff, and then they're playing shows.

Frankie V:   Absolutely.

Brian:   Wow. So, it's the same model, all the cities. So, if somebody listening has friends in another city, they might have a Girls Rock! camp, and it's same idea where they're going to learn how to play an instrument and then play a show-

Frankie V:   Absolutely.

Brian:   ... and over the course of a week. I love that play the show part too because that's ... You know, learning an instrument is fun, but then actually playing it in front of people is ... For some people, that's the hardest part, and for other people, that's the fun part. So, it's great that you get to do that too.

Frankie V:   Yeah, it really shows ... The kids really get, you know, "Here's something I'm deathly afraid of, and I can't do. There's no way I can possibly write a song by myself. I'm only eight. And I definitely can't play in front of a whole bunch of people." Then we just ensure them to trust the process, and it just happens, and it's magical. Then they're like, "Well, I can do anything, and I want to do this for the rest of my life." That's really great.

Brian:   Nice. That's amazing. Have you been around long enough to see those girls go on and do it for the rest of their life, or what have you seen?

Frankie V:   Oh my gosh. So, I also run the after school program. It's called GR!ASP.

Brian:   Yeah, talked about that. I got so excited about the camp, we forgot to talk about the program.

Frankie V:   I know, it's so exciting.

Brian:   Talk about after school, yes.

Frankie V:   So, during the after school program, where the summer camp is a five-day, week-long summer camp, immersing kind of situation, the after school program is an 8 to 12 week, one day a week, after school situation at a couple local schools in DC, Southeast, Northwest, all over. This one kid was so amazing. She was about 11 years old at the time, was playing keyboard. Some of her band mates weren't as outgoing as they could have been, let's say. She was also extremely nervous. So, this band was kind of the more introverts. This kid went on to actually lead her school play. They did the Lion King, and her stagefright from the show that we played was right out the window. She went on to play the Ellen Show. They went all over.

Brian:   Holy smokes.

Frankie V:   Yeah, incredible.

Brian:   God, that's so ... And how long ago was it? Was this recently, or was this ... When was that?

Frankie V:   That was about two years ago.

Brian:   Wow. That is so cool.

Frankie V:   It's great.

Brian:   I love it. Now, you mentioned you play bass. Talk about music for you.

Frankie V:   Oh gosh. So, I grew up playing violin when I was, like, four. That's kind of how I started. Music was always in my family.

Brian:   Did you want to play violin, or was it one of those, your parents said, "I want you to play violin"?

Frankie V:   My parents made me.

Brian:   Okay. Oh, God, mine too. Mine said piano. "Brian, you got to play piano." I'm a freakin' drummer. I don't want to play piano, come on. Yeah, I'm with you.

Frankie V:   Yeah, right? So, my parents, you know, they put me into violin. My older sister played piano. Meanwhile, we had a saxophone in the house. We had actually two saxophones, a piano, a whole bunch of instruments. Grew up in the church where music was a really big part of my upbringing, and went on to start playing trumpet and brass instruments once I got into high school. Always just kind of sang. I sang in a ska band, you know, like you do in the '90s. Then I just decided, you know, these bands that are really influential in my life, I want to be just like them, at the ripe old age of 18. I didn't really have people telling me that I could do anything other than play violin and things like that. My dad even said, when I told him that I wanted to be a musician, he was like, "Well, you and 40,000 other people, so you should probably get a real job."

Brian:   And 40,000 is an understatement actually. There's so many hundred thousands more, yeah.

Frankie V:   Absolutely. And especially for a girl. There's no way I can do that. I should probably, I don't know, do anything else.

Brian:   Which is a shame. I'm glad you're not sending that message.

Frankie V:   Yeah, I'm kind of rebellious, so ... In case you haven't noticed.

Brian:   Dad, we still love you, but-

Frankie V:   I still love you, Dad.

Brian:   ... no, I'm still doing music.

Frankie V:   But no. Yeah. So, I taught myself how to play guitar, and I just really listened to bands like the Breeders, and bands like Bikini Kill, and all these other bands, and I just really try to do that. I really, really wish I had an organization like Girls Rock! when I was a kid to show me that I could actually do what I wanted to do, however I wanted to do it.

Brian:   Yeah. It's great that you kind of have taken that ... There wasn't that, and now you found it, and you're helping ... What's your role with Girls Rock!? How would you describe it?

Frankie V:   Oof, how many hats? So, Girls Rock! ... So many hats. My head is very big. So, the main thing I do is I'm the GR!ASP Coordinator, so it's the Girls Rock! After School Program Coordinator.

Brian:   Got it, GR!ASP. I get it now. Okay.

Frankie V:   Yeah. That's my main role. During the summer, I'm now part of the camper committee team. So, right now, camp is coming up July 9th. We actually have our applications out right now, and they close July 1st. So, right now it's just reading all the submissions. The kids get to fill out the application and also submit an art project, their music, song if they want, or a poem, and I get to read through all those wonderful things, and then send out all the acceptance letters.

Brian:   That's cool. While we're on the topic then, if people have kids or girls that they know that are age 8 to 18, we said, if they have girls that they know that would like to be a part of that, how do they submit that application, or to do that?

Frankie V:   Yeah. So, we accept kids from anywhere in the DMV area. We've actually had a couple campers who are visiting from Jamaica, visiting their family, so they have actually attending our camps as well, which was really cool. So, they can go to GirlsRockDC.org, and it'll send you to a link that has our camper application. We accept any youth that are female-identified, trans-identified, gender nonconforming. Money is no issue. We offer lots of scholarships. Last year, I think we had about 40% of our campers out of 60 were free tuition. We just fundraise like crazy. So, if you also want to donate, go to Girls Rock! ...

Brian:   That's amazing. Yeah, right? The donation. And actually, while we're talking about donations, there's another thing you can do because I've talked about the DC Music Rocks festival. A portion of the proceeds are going to Girls Rock! DC.

Frankie V:   Woo-hoo!

Brian:   We're supporting this too. So, you can come to that, and a portion of that will support them, and we'll be taking donations that night for sure. So, there's lots of ways to give to Girls Rock!, and I love that we get to be involved with you guys too and get to help support this cause because this is really cool.

Frankie V:   Yeah.

Brian:   So, now that's the applications. Now, two questions that I love to ask. One is, talk about you on the personal side, now outside of Girls Rock! DC, like your personal life. What are your hobbies? Are there certain shows you like to ... What's life outside of Girl Rock! for you?

Frankie V:   Oh my. Life outside of ... Is there life outside of Girls Rock!?

Brian:   Of course, there has to be something.

Frankie V:   There's got to be, right?

Brian:   You got to share something.

Frankie V:   Mostly, I'm a really avid outdoorsy person. I love camping, things like that. I love traveling. That's kind of my big thing. I just came back from Miami a couple days ago. That was pretty fun. I've never been to Miami. So, I really like stuff like that. I love teaching workshops. I never thought it, but I guess I'm just an educator by soul. I mostly do workshops that are gender-inclusivity workshops and things like that. Just going to lots of shows. The DC music scene is so amazing, and there's so much really good underground bands that you would never maybe run into, and then you go to a house show, or you go to a party, and boom, there's a band, and they're fantastic.

Brian:   Absolutely. So much of that. I mean, we share at DCMusicRocks.com ... The local music calendar that we have is all local shows.

Frankie V:   That's so great.

Brian:   But go to these local shows, and you go to places you didn't know had music, and then you'll see bands you didn't know that are awesome, and that's a lot of ... I mean, it's what I've discovered. It's what you've discovered. It's such a cool thing. I love it.  Now, my other favorite question. If you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Frankie V:   Oh my gosh. One piece of advice. Definitely trust yourself and organize. You know, if you don't like something, or if you think the problems of the world, let's say, are too big, and you can't do anything about it, definitely look to your neighbor. I'm sure they're feeling the same thing, and organize, and get things done.

Brian:   Nice. Is that something that you've experienced personally? Say more about where that comes from for you.

Frankie V:   Yeah. I try to do that in my everyday life. Back in Brooklyn, I was part of a ... You know, being a woman-fronted or female-dominated band back then, it was really hard for us to get shows. People wouldn't even talk to me, even though I was the singer, and one of the two guitar ... We were two guitars and a drummer. People wouldn't talk to me. They would go right up to my male counterpart, and be like, "Oh my God. You guys are so good. So, you write all the music, right? And she just kind of sings, huh?" And it was really devastating. I was just like, "Come on. I'm doing all this work here," you know? Got together with some friends who were also facing a similar kind of thing, and just said, "We need to create shows that are for us, and if other people want to come, cool. We welcome everybody. But we're not getting on any bills." So, really just kind of getting out there and doing what you have to do to get yourself out there, you know?

Brian:   Absolutely. Take it on. I love that. What a cool message. Now, one more time for those folks who want to find out more about Girls Rock! DC and all the things going on with you guys, where do they go?

Frankie V:   Yeah. So, to find out more about our after school program, our adult rock camp, or our summer camp, you can-

Brian:   There's an adult camp too?

Frankie V:   I know.

Brian:   So cool.

Frankie V:   Forgot to mention that.

Brian:   Okay. Is that one also a 9:30 Club show?

Frankie V:   No, so that one we do at, like, the Black Cat.

Brian:   Okay, I got you.

Frankie V:   Yeah, we always partner with other-

Brian:   There's still going to be a show at the end.

Frankie V:   Totally.

Brian:   It's a week-long music education, and then a show. That's so cool.

Frankie V:   Yeah, so that one's actually just a weekend.

Brian:   Oh, a weekend? That's even better. Dang, okay.

Frankie V:   So, 19 to 127, if you want to learn an instrument or DJ-

Brian:   Ages, ages 19?

Frankie V:   Yes.

Brian:   Yeah, okay. Gotcha.

Frankie V:   If you want to learn an instrument or learn how to be a DJ, we have an awesome DJ program, it's a weekend long, usually around Labor Day kind of thing. The show is usually on the Monday.

Brian:   Got it. There it is.

Frankie V:   So, GirlsRockDC.org.

Brian:   GirlsRockDC.org. GirlsRockDC.org.

Frankie V:   GirlsRockDC ...

5/8/18 - Special Guest: Curtis B of DC Reggae

Thanks to Curtis Bergesen of DC Reggae for hanging out with us in the studio this week!  We discovered he reports on all the reggae AND makes collages! #artsyguy  :-)

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  1. ***Low Spirit, by Distant Creatures (Indie, Dream Pop)

  2. Something, by Yellow Dubmarine (Reggae, Rock & Roll)

  3. Speak the Fire, by Christos DC [Ft. Zafayah & The Skankin' Monks] (Reggae, R&B)

  4. ***One Thirsty, by Synthador (Techno, Electronic)

  5. Drop Your Guns, by Thievery Corporation (World, Reggae)

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August 18, doors at 7pm, All ages welcome.   

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Fri May 11
--Bumper Jacksons & Elena & Los Fulanos @ The Hamilton for White Horse Release Party (Country, Latin; RIYL Nathaniel Rateliff, Shakira)
--Bottled Up @ DC9 Nightclub (Punk, RIYL B-52s)

Sat May 12
--Funk Parade & Takoma Porch Festival
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Mon May 14
--Oh He Dead @ Rock & Roll Hotel (Indie, RIYL Alabama Shakes)

Wed May 16
--Duskwhales @ Songbyrd Music House (Indie, RIYL The Beatles)

Thu May 17
--Fuzzqueen @ Gypsy Sally’s (Rock, RIYL PJ Harvey)
--The Radiographers @ DC9 (Rock, RIYL The Strokes)
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DC Reggae

Video - Bio - Links - Transcript

DC Reggae's Bio:

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Curtis Bergesen aka DC Reggae was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Bethesda, MD. He is a collage artist, publicist, drummer, vegetarian, and man of many words. While attending the University of Delaware he got involved with radio, and created and hosted the show Mixed Vegetables. He played a wide variety of musical genres throughout his 100+ radio shows, including underground and independent artists. Curtis then started booking and promoting concerts; one of the first artists that he worked with was the reggae band Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (GPGDS). In 2007, Curtis moved to Brooklyn, NY, and founded Herbivore Publicity. He went on to work with Rootfire and Ineffable Music Group, handling publicity and social media for various bands, venues, and festivals, including GPGDS, The Movement, The Green, and John Brown's Body.

In 2009 Curtis created DC Reggae, to spread the word about upcoming reggae concerts in the DMV. DC Reggae shares information about international, national, and local acts, through their social media networks @dcreggae, and mailing list. Curtis' passion for the arts extends beyond music; he creates handmade collages under the alias Collage The World.

Links:

Facebook https://facebook.com/dcreggae
Instagram https://instagram.com/dcreggae
Twitter https://twitter.com/dcreggae

Mailing List http://smarturl.it/dcreggaelist
Collage The World: https://instagram.com/collagetheworld
Herbivore Publicity: https://facebook.com/herbivorepr

 

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:   On DC music rocks we're shinning a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC regions music scene and Curtis Bergesen, aka DC Reggae, was born in Washington and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. He's a collage artist, a publicist, drummer, vegetarian, and a man of many words as we're finding out now. While attending the University of Delaware he got involved with radio and created and hosted a show called Mixed Vegetables while he was there and he played a wide variety of musical genres through his 100 plus radio shows including underground and independent artists. So Curtis then started booking and promoting concerts and one of the first artists that he ever worked with was Giant Panda Gorilla Dub Squad which he has now shared with you by name multiple times so clearly we know there's love there. And in 2009 Curtis created DC Reggae which is to spread the word about Reggae concerts coming in the DMV.

    So DC Reggae's whole purpose is they share information about all of the Reggae music whether it's international, national, local through their social media networks and their mailing lists and Curtis' passion for the arts extends beyond music. He also makes handmade collages under the alias Collage The World so he's got visual art and musical art and honestly I've been following you since I ran into you at, I think it was, we were at Gypsy Sally's when Giant Panda Dub Squad was there. Imagine that, I met you at a Giant Panda show.

Curtis B:   Me and [crosstalk 00:01:23].

Brian:   Sensing a theme.

Curtis B:   Yes we met at Giant Panda Gorilla Dub Squad in February we were introduced by the infamous, too tough, Andy [Serdi 00:01:30]. Hi Andy. Great person in the DC music scene.

Brian:   Yeah he's the guy from Fort Knox recordings we had him on the show a couple of times. He's heavily involved in the scene.

Curtis B:   Serious connector, good human.

Brian:   But it's, I've been a fan of yours and the work you're doing ever since so thanks for being here man.

Curtis B:   Thank you so much.

Brian:   How did you get into Reggae?

Curtis B:   Let me just say I totally forgot I sent you this bio and it's incredible how well you seemed to know me Brian. In fact I was telling you some of this varying information before this episode this show. I was trying to tell you about this stuff and I'm like, "Oh the bio that I wrote and sent to them. Whoops." So how did I get-

Brian:   Well we all ready know that stuff so now tell us more stuff man.

Curtis B:   Yes so basically I've worked in the music business for over a decade specifically with mostly nationally touring Reggae bands, none of whom are actually from the DC area. And as time went on I said, "Well I'm from the DC area I may as well start a Twitter @DC Reggae to tweet about shows that are coming up in DMV." And as time went on I then made DC Reggae on Facebook and then an Instagram profile and around December time I thought, "Man it's really time to make a mailing list and start sending out a monthly newsletter with a concert calendar ticket giveaways and other fun things. Information about Reggae music et cetera and so that's basically where we're at. I am taking a little bit more of an active role DC Reggae rather than passively, occasionally posting about upcoming shows.

     I'm trying to take it a little bit more seriously and do a more sort of across the board comprehensive job of promoting and, again, anyone who's out there give me a shout on socials or whatever. If you have a show coming up or you're excited about a show coming up that has anything to do with Reggae music in Washington D.C. in the surrounding areas please get in touch 'cause I'd love to spread the word about your show. And as we all know from DC Music Rocks it's all about connecting with people and spreading the word, I think more importantly than ever, verbal communication, text messages to your friends about cool shows or cool things going on it's not hard to stand out and make a little bit of a difference with some extra promotion outside of just sending an invite to a Facebook event or hoping that someone likes this Instagram page your friend runs that you mentioned to them one time.

Brian:   I must say you got that speil down. Clearly you've been doing this for a little while. You got, you're all ready arming them with don't, you know, send a text, not a Facebook invite, like boy you clearly. I love it man. You're definitely involved with this thing but it's also everything that you're saying is true which is that the little bit of personal touch and clearly you put a lot of personal touch into what you do too with creating this DC Reggae thing. So I love that man. What part of the city is home for you?

Curtis B:   So I grew up in Bethesda. I was born at Columbia Hospital for Women thanks to my mom for having me and giving birth to me. She's a special lady and I also learned, in preparing for this interview that Duke Ellington and Al Gore were also born at this hospital which is now been turned to condominiums, but anyway, yes I-

Brian:   That was the most random story and I love it. Like we went from you being born, thanks mom, Al Gore, Duke Ellington, condos. I don't know if we could've done it any better man.

Curtis B:   I'd like to thank my ... I'd like to thank my sponsor Wikipedia on that last information blast.

Brian:   Oh God I love it. Thank you Wikipedia. All right so ...

Curtis B:   I just moved in to a new apartment in, I think the neighborhoods called Cathedral Commons, but I don't know if that's-

Brian:   Up near the National Cathedral?

Curtis B:   It's near the National Cathedral-

Brian:   Nice.

Curtis B:   There's a lot a trees and forests nearby which is super crucial when you look out of a apartment window all day if you do that sort of thing. My girlfriend Crystal and I just moved in the past couple of days. It's been stressful as anybody who's ever moved [crosstalk 00:05:05]-

Brian:   Oh wow one of those. Congratulations on the new place man.

Curtis B:   Thank you so much.

Brian:   That's exciting.

Curtis B:   And also Crystal was a good sounding board for me yesterday prepping for this interview which I've been extremely nervous about and thanks to whoever's listening out there and sticking with me. I appreciate you listening because compared to Brian-

Brian:   Curtis you're doing great man.

Curtis B:   Compared to Brian-

Brian:   Just stop it. Just stop it you're doing great man. Don't do it. So what's the, tell us about your earliest memory with music man?

Curtis B:   So my earliest memory with music it's hard to say definitively but I remember my dad quizzing me about what song was on the radio. He'd say, "Okay who is this?" And I would say, "I have no idea." It was so hard to tell it was just like who knows. Led Zeppelin, The Police, I mean Doobie Brothers it could have been anyone and I got frustrated with him for it, but at some point this is the magic of communication and I don't know, potentially good parenting or music sharing. At some point I started remembering who it was and I could hear the song and I would say, "Oh this is so and so." Now I don't know how old I was or how long this took me, side note, again another girlfriend shout out, I now do this to my girlfriend Crystal. I say, "Oh what song is this?" And she's-

Brian:   Oh God. It's your parents taught you and now you're doing it there too. That's funny.

Curtis B:   She says, "I have no idea. I'm only interested in what Beyonce is doing with ..." Yeah. Her next world tour which I am also interested in. Beyonce is absolutely incredible.

Brian:   That's like the bae squad. She's one of the baes. Yeah.

Curtis B:   Yeah so early music experience I credit to my dad quizzing me on what song we were listening to and-

Brian:   And was that in the car or was that at home? Where was that normally?

Curtis B:   I would say probably the car. It could have been at home, again, I'm in my late 90's now so it's hard to say exactly what decade it was but-

Brian:   We did, we did see you if you look at the pictures on social media. We got the ... There's definitely long hair version of Curtis and a short hair version of Curtis and various lengths of beard Curtis. So it's been a lot of evolutions over a year. 90 plus years you're just talking about now [inaudible 00:07:00] that's, I like it.

Curtis B:   My hair farming came to an end after three plus years in this past fall and I've had a lot of work done. So all though I'm in my 90's I do appear to be more like my mid 30's.

Brian:   Oh incredible. Well whatever that plastic surgeon is we shouldn't plug 'em here.

Curtis B:   Yes.

Brian:   What's, now what about you on the personal side? Outside of this music thing what else do you do? Hobbies? What do you do?

Curtis B:   So one of my main things that I'm doing these days is handmade collage, or analog collage as you referred to in the scene.

Brian:   And if they don't know what that means?

Curtis B:   Yeah so cutting and pasting, sometimes ripping. Usually with scissors or an X-Acto blade and gluing or sometimes taping different pieces of magazine or brochure or pages out of a book or pretty much any random printed object. Taking pieces from different places and gluing them together into a new idea or concept or piece of art. And for visually getting to what I'm talking about you can check out my Instagram at Collage The World. It's basically the word college but with an A. Collage The World. My most recent piece I just finished a couple days ago is actually a collage featuring David Hinds who is the front man of the incredible Reggae band Steel Pulse. So-

Brian:   Nice.

Curtis B:   It's actually the first Reggae oriented collage I've done, but I'm spending quite a bit of time making him a collage, aka art, and that's something I've really been diving in hard on the past year or so and have gone down some serious rabbit holes on Instagram discovering and connecting with collage artists from all over the world. It's an amazing piece, style of art in that anyone can do it, even someone like Brian, who I don't know if he's artistic with paints or drawing or anything. He could take two pieces of paper, rip them or cut them and glue them into a new composition and I would by them for a lot.

Brian:   Oh but a [inaudible 00:08:48] somehow that, you know I love this, I love this conversation too because that's something that like the time and the patience that it must take to collage is just astronomical to find the right picture and then collage it together and that's ... And like I love creating. With the radio show and I'm the drummer in a rock band and so everybody has their art thing that they love and I love talking about this because that's like I personally wouldn't collage, but I've seen some collages that look absolutely incredible so I love that this is a cool little side thing you got going there.

Curtis B:   Well exciting side note, those of you who are familiar with Reggae music Chronixx, arguably, the biggest Reggae artist in the world right now who's in his 20's who's from Jamaica very talented. He also has an amazing band. Chronixx's most recent album Chronology which I think won, was Rolling Stone magazine in the top 50 albums of last year which Rolling Stone doesn't give too many nods to Reggae music so that's saying something. Chronixx's last album, the album cover and also the inner album artwork, if you have the vinyl or the CD, were done by a collage artist Dewey Saunders.

Brian:   Well look at that. Cool man.

Curtis B:   So album artwork which is always a very tricky thing as any band members or artist can attest to collage is any amazing way to go.

Brian:   That's cool. I do, now I want to ask you one piece, if my favorite question. If you could offer one piece of advice what would it be?

Curtis B:   Well you're going to hate this 'cause I know we're crunched on time, but I have a few things. First of all, go outside. Go outside five or ten minutes every afternoon, if you work at home this can be especially critical but also if you're at an office job at a cubicle take five to ten minutes, go outside in the afternoon, get some fresh air, even if it's nasty outside and if you're boss says, "Hey what's up?" You can be like, "Hey well what about Don who's smoking cigarettes all day long going outside? I don't need a cigarette to go take five minutes to feel a little bit better about myself and to get a breath of air and a recharge. My next advice and this is a critical one for music-

Brian:   Curtis you're such an overachiever. I asked for one man. You're such an overachiever.

Curtis B:   I know I'm sorry Brian but I'm going to tear through this. I work hard-

Brian:   How many do you have? Prepare me.

Curtis B:   I have three.

Brian:   Okay.

Curtis B:   So lesson number two if you're going to get a band tattoo don't just like let the tattoo artist pull an image off of the band's Myspace or something. Hit up the band and say, "Hey I want to get your logo or your recent album cover art tattooed. Can you send me the file?" You never know their manager-

Brian:   Is this a common thing?

Curtis B:   Band tattoos are very common and many bands I've worked with over the years occasionally will see a fan photo of, "Oh I got the Giant Panda logo." So hit up the band, get the original artwork before you get a tattoo that's going to change your life or ruin your life.

Brian:   Okay.

Curtis B:   And final piece of advice is, and this I, is something I'm trying to do more often. Acknowledge people and say thank you for things to people if it's a co-worker or whoever it is, even a routine thing, we all appreciate being acknowledged for hard work we do even if it's basic stuff or part of your job. You never know who can use a pick me up so saying thank you and appreciating people more is a good positive thing to do and we all like being appreciated.

Brian:   I love it. So be appreciative, go outside, and tattoos. That was an amazing collection of advice man. All right. So let's just back into some music. Oh and by the way if they want to find out more about you it's @ DC Reggae. Everything's @ DC Reggae.

Curtis B:   @ DC Reggae on all socials.

Brian:   Awesome.

5/1/18 - Special Guest: Emma G

Thanks to Emma G for hanging out with us in the studio this week!  We discovered her great music and her love of hugs!  :-)

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MUSIC

  1. ***"Knock Me Down" by Unsullied (Hard Rock, Punk)

  2. "Tumbling" by Emma G (Pop, Pop-Rock)

  3. "Go Down" by Eli Lev (Indie, Southern Rock)

  4. ***"So Down" by Mike Hauser (Pop, Modern-Crooner)

  5. "Anthem" by Yellowtieguy (Rock, Indie)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

FUNK PARADE IS TRYING WRIST BANDS THIS YEAR
For the first time, Funk Parade is announcing an General Festival Pass and Wristband ($10) to provide priority entrance into selected evening music venues.  Additionally we will be hosting our first ever Featured Showcase at the Historic Lincoln Theatre ($15-20) featuring Ari Lennox, Mannywellz and more.

MUSIC FEST WRISTBAND PASS
Ten dollars gets purchasers a FunkPowered General Festival Wristband, which will provide priority entry into the  the festival’s key evening music venues: Tropicalia, DC9, Ben’s Next Door, Franklin Hall, Signature Cuts & Shaves, Sollys, Velvet Lounge, Archipelago, Flash, Local 16, Sotto, Duffy’s, Marvin, Shaw Tavern, Exiles Bar, Bin 1301, Busboys & Poets, Songbyrd Music House (Late Night) and U Street Music Hall (Late Night).

The $10 wristband system is part of an effort to create a more sustainable future for Funk Parade, with a model that can continue to pay artists fairly to be a part of the festival.

HOW TO GET YOURS
Funk Parade has partnered with Eventbrite to sell the passes. To buy yours, Click HERE. They will also be available the day of the event at the Funk Parade Volunteer Tents at the Main Stage and in front of the Lincoln Theater, during the day fair on Saturday May 12 from 1:00pm - 7:00pm

HOW IT WORKS
To pick up your wristband, present your Eventbrite receipt at the Funk Parade Volunteer Tents at the Main Stage or the Lincoln Theater, or go to any of the participating venues in the evening starting at 7:00pm.


NEW MUSIC RELEASES

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THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
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Fri May 4
Of Tomorrow @ 9:30 Club (Funk, RIYL Weather Report)
The Coolots @ Capital Fringe (Rock, RIYL Rage Against The Machine)

Sat May 5
Chris Cassaday & Surprise Attack @ Courthaus Social for 3 Year Anniversary Festival (Folk, Jam Band, RIYL Dave Matthews or Sublime)
Paperhaus @ Milkboy Arthouse (Indie, RIYL Radiohead)

Sun May 6
Feelfree @ Boomerang Boat Pirate Ship (Reggae, RIYL Steely Dan)
Zen Warship @ Bossa Bistro (Funk, RIYL Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Wed May 9
Kid Brother & Lavendar @ Gypsy Sally’s (Indie & Rock, RIYL The 1975 or Modest Mouse)

Thurs May 10
Jack Gregori @ Pearl Street Warehouse (Country, RIYL Waylon Jennings)


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Emma G

Video - Bio - Links - Transcript

Emma G's Bio:

Emma G DC Music Rocks

A unique combination of Adele, Pink, Tracy Chapman and Alanis Morrissette; singer/songwriter Emma G describes her sound as soul pop/rock. With gutsy vocals and inspiring lyrics, Emma G's melodies hammer home the messages of empowerment, love and respect.

Links:
Website
Patreon
Bandcamp
Instagram
Twitter
Facebook

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:   Now, let me give you a proper introduction here. So, on DCmusicrocks.com, we are shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's music scene. Emma G is a unique combination of Adele, Pink, Tracy Chapman, and Alanis Morrissette. She talked about it earlier, it's that amazing combination of all those people. It's like all my favorite people wrapped into one, and then Emma G was born. Which is- No wonder I love you so much.

Emma G:   Aw, man.

Brian:   It's one of those things. She's a singer, songwriter out of- What part of the city are you?

Emma G:   I'm originally from New Zealand, obviously.

Brian:   Yeah.

Emma G:   But I now call Brightwood my home.

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Brian:   Brightwood? Which part?

Emma G:   Which nobody knows where that is.

Brian:   Yeah, where is Brightwood?

Emma G:   It's not Brentwood. It's not ... 'cause I'm...

Brian:   Thanks for clarifying. Okay.

Emma G:   So I'm a mile from Takoma.

Brian:   I got it. Okay. So up in the northeast, general. [crosstalk 00:00:48]

Emma G:   North west. North west.

Brian:   Technically you're right. It's northwest.

Emma G:   Yeah, it's northwest.

Brian:   It's the west of the capitol. So northwest, but up near Takoma and that area. I got it. She described her sound as a soul/pop/rock. And with gutsy vocals and inspiring lyrics, Emma G's melodies hammer home the messages of empowerment, love ,and respect. And thanks for being here.

Emma G:   Thanks.

Brian:   I've been a fan for well over a year now, so it's a treat to actually get to share you here on the show with.

Emma G:   It's funny because I feel like we've been cyber stalking one another for the last year.

Brian:   This is true.

Emma G:   I'm like ... I now know your face. This is exciting!

Brian:   That's right. I was just gonna say we just met for the first time today in person. But otherwise, yeah.

Emma G:   I have to say though, thank you for the hug.

Brian:   Of course.

Emma G:   And I'm so glad that you knew that I like hugs.

Brian:   I was gonna say if you didn't know by the way ... Talk to people about hugs. You give hugs at metros. Talk about the hug thing.

Emma G:   I am the hug dealer. Let's be real for a minute.

Brian:   The hug dealer? Some people are drug dealers, you're a hug dealer? Oh my God.

Emma G:   Endorphins make you happy

Brian:   This is like PG radio version of what a drug dealer is. Oh well the edited version, we'll call it a hug dealer.

Emma G:   No seriously. I mean The Washingtonian magazine, when they named me as one of the best of DC last year, they made mention of me giving hugs daily. And it's true. I don't know if it's because I'm from New Zealand or I'm just some hippy chick or what. For me, music is all about connection, right? And what better way to manifest that connection than through a high five or a hug, something to just be like, hey, I'm a real person, you're a real person, we're enjoying this moment together. Let's hug it out, bro.

Brian:   Hug it out. So next time you see Emma, don't be shy. Hug it out. Oh my God, I feel like that's almost like a hashtag or you should wear that as a T-shirt.

Emma G:   Hug it out, bro?

Brian:   Don't be shy, hug it out. Or hug it out, bro, something. That would be so good.

Emma G:   Oh my God, yes.

Brian:   So you play around. You said you do this full time, so talk about the places that you play, or where will they see you around time?

Emma G:   Before I moved here, I discovered Amanda Palmer, who is originally from Boston. And she made a career for herself as a street performer, we call it busking in New Zealand.

Brian:   Busking. Got it. I've heard that term.

Emma G:   Not bussing. I don't waitress. Busking.

Brian:   No, no, no. Busking with a k. B-u-s-k. Busking.

Emma G:   It's a very gendered term.

Brian:   For those persons who don't know, busking means you're playing outside with a hat out or at a metro stop or different places around and busking.

Emma G:   So I moved here in November 2015 and just was like stuff it, I'm gonna try my hand at busking. And that's how I've managed to do everything that I've done. I've met some amazing humans, including my partner. We met while I was busking.

Brian:   Really?

Emma G:   Yep, 'cause that's romantic.

Brian:   Yeah, there's nothing like playing outside at whatever time in the morning that was  ... there you go, cute girl playing music.

Emma G:   Especially because everywhere in the western world and in America at the moment that seems, nobody likes mornings, right? And so, I'm a Crossfitter, so I'm used to getting up super early and working out, but now instead of working out super early, I just go and sing and hopefully make people's days start better, and it's super fun!

Brian:   Do you have hours, or certain stops? What's that like?

Emma G:   Yeah, so I have a certain rotation that I try and keep up unless it's raining or unless somebody... Every now and then, you get somebody who isn't aware of my schedule that comes in, and that's cool. We're all about community, we're all about sharing the love, and what not, but generally speaking, Tuesdays I'm at Federal Triangle metro station, Wednesdays I'm at Foggy Bottom GWU Hospital, Thursdays L'Enfant Plaza, Fridays at Farragut North, and then Saturdays, I'm sometimes at the Silver Spring Market. And I do other [inaudible 00:04:56] markets as well.

Brian:   Yeah! And that's mornings? Or evenings? Or rush hours? Anytime?

Emma G:   6:30 in the morning, darling.

Brian:   6:30?

Emma G:   6:30 in the morning.

Brian:   Every morning?

Emma G:   Every morning.

Brian:   God, Emma I am so impressed with the dedication here. Holy smokes.

Emma G:   It makes for a really fun evening night life. I'm like, right! Ten o'clock-bedtime!

Brian:   Time to go to bed. I gotta work in the morning. Yep. Absolutely. Oh god, that's funny.

Emma G:   Such a rockstar.

Brian:   Yeah, you are. Oh, my god. Which is evidenced by the album and all the other stuff you have going on.

Emma G:   And I wish I drank coffee. Legitimately, I wish that I could use that as a vice to keep me awake. But no, I'm just a really big fan of nana naps.

Brian:   Nano naps?

Emma G:   Nana naps. In New Zealand, we call grandmas "nanas."

Brian:   Oh, I see.

Emma G:   Is that not an American thing? Nobody knows?

Brian:   No, I haven't heard that. But say more! So a nana nap means...

Emma G:   A nana nap is like a quick power nap.

Brian:   That's where nana falls asleep and her chin drops to her chest for five minutes and then she wakes back up

Emma G:   And starts drooling, and it's really awkward.

Brian:   Yeah? Okay. Oh, my god. One day, you should livestream your nana nap. I don't know.

Emma G:   I don't think that that is safe.

Brian:   No, no, no. That's a terrible idea. Nevermind. Terrible idea.

Emma G:   Oh goodness.

Brian:   Oh, that's funny. Speaking of this, talk about what's a funny or memorable moment that comes to mind when you think about the busking that you were doing. What comes to mind when you think about that?

Emma G:   A funny moment?

Brian:   Yeah.

Emma G:   I don't really, I can't think of any funny moments 'cause every moment that I've had that's memorable has mostly been really just heartwarming. The most heartwarming moment I had was-I was singing all the time at Foggy Bottom on Wednesday mornings and then I was in Iowa for Christmas 'cause that's where my Norwegian family, I know, obviously I'm Norwegian.

Brian:   Obviously.

Emma G:   Obviously. My Norwegian family live in Iowa, so I was away for the Christmas holidays, and I came back and I tried out a different station one day an this woman came rushing up to me and handed me an envelope. And she said, "I've been looking for you everywhere!" And then she's like, "I've gotta go. Thank you. Bye." And I'm like sitting going, this is America, and she's given me an unmarked envelope. What do I do?

Brian:   And we've been talking about ISIS! Should I be worried? Okay.

Emma G:   ISIS? What? Okay. Anyways, so I opened the envelope and she'd given me a Starbucks gift card, which was lovely. But she had typed out this A4, sorry what do you call it? The standard legal, letter size page typed letter highlighting everything that I had given her over the last six months.

Brian:   Holy smokes.

Emma G:   She apparently survives on four or five hours of sleep a night. She works too much, she's got two children that she raises by herself. Her lights in her life that she highlighted were God, her children, and my music on Wednesday mornings.

Brian:   Wow.

Emma G:   And so I just kind of cried a little bit and then got a tattoo in her honor.

Brian:   Wow.

Emma G:   Part of this is for her, so yeah, that's my most memorable moment while busking.

Brian:   Wow. Gosh. That's amazing. I love that story.

Emma G:   Thank you.

Brian:   And what about, so now outside of busking and music, talk about you on the personal side. Hobbies? What do you do for fun?

Emma G:   I sleep when I can.

Brian:   Yep, okay.

Emma G:   It's important. Like I said, I do CrossFit. Health and well-being is really important to me. But I'm also really lucky that I'm in a relationship with somebody who is also self-employed, so we spend our days trying not to kill each other. No, I'm kidding.

Brian:   Well, if you're both at home. I understand.

Emma G:   Yeah, we work really hard throughout the day and swap notes and he's writing a book and doing all kinds of empowerment stuff, and I'm writing music and doing all kinds of empowerment stuff, so it aligns really well. We're planning a tour at the moment, and yeah, just kind of trying to balance social life and sunshine and Vitamin D with sleep and health/fitness and watching movies and trying to stay sane. Meditation's become a really big part of my life at the moment.

Brian:   Okay.

Emma G:   Cooking, gardening.

Brian:   Excellent.

Emma G:   I've discovered the love of gardening.

Brian:   Nice. How does that manifest itself? Does that mean you started with tomato plants? What does that actually mean?

Emma G:   No, we started with-I can't remember what they're called. We bought some trees and planted them in front of Mark's house. So we've just been slowly pecking away at making the house look pretty.

Brian:   That's awesome.

Emma G:   And getting really dirty while doing it.

Brian:   Absolutely. Oh, my god, getting dirty in the garden. Excellent.

Emma G:   It's frightening because at least in New Zealand, you don't have anything that can kill you. Here, you have snakes and you've got poisonous spiders. Part of me is like, it's okay, I can do this barehanded or whatever, and them I'm like, oh, there's things that can kill me.

Brian:   Come bite me. Yeah. Oh my god.

Emma G:   There's that.

Brian:   That would be a funny thing. One of my favorite questions to ask is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Emma G:   Floss.

Brian:   Say more on that. Where does that come from?

Emma G:   Because I'm in the middle of getting...In America, it would have cost me fifteen thousand dollars to get my teeth fixed. I'm not going through that system. I'm actually going to Canada back and forth. It's cheaper. A lot cheaper.

Brian:   To get dentist stuff done.

Emma G:   Yeah. So I've had two root canals and I've had to get fourteen fillings.

Brian:   And if you would have flossed, that could have been avoided.

Emma G:   I feel like that's probably not the whole solution, but I feel like it probably contributes a lot.

Brian:   Been a big part of it.

Emma G:   So if we're on that token, then I guess just don't procrastinate stuff.

Brian:   Ah, I see.

Emma G:   If you're having an issue. That's life advice for anything.

Brian:   That's true.

Emma G:   Musical, business. Don't procrastinate.

Brian:   Yep.

Emma G:   It's not going to go away.

Brian:   Stay on top of it.

Emma G:   Just do it.

Brian:   There was that song, god, years ago. Fifteen, twenty years ago that was like-if you could offer one piece of advice, wear sunscreen. And I feel like you just hit us with another one of those. Floss!

Emma G:   There was a fantastic remix of that speech. Wear sunscreen. Who was that? Yeah. It's on YouTube, though. It's beautiful.

Brian:   There you go.

Emma G:   It's like this Moby-esque kind of speech online. Wearing sunscreen and life advice.

Brian:   Yeah. Absolutely.

Emma G:   Sorry.

Brian:   God, it was a graduation class. I remember. I'm going to have to go back and listen to it now that we're talking about it.

Emma G:   Yes. Wear sunscreen.

Brian:   Yep.

Emma G:   And floss.

Brian:   That's a good one.